Note: The following is a transcript from a talk I gave to the St. Croix Unitarians.
Namaste is a Sanskrit greeting or salutation that means, “I honor your sacred or transpersonal self.” Said another way: “My essential Being recognizes your essential Being.” Namaste is an intention to greet each other on Sacred ground, and is often accompanied with a hand gesture.
Namaste, or a variation of that word, has been around for almost 5000 years. I recently noticed a rather whimsical online variation: Nutmasde. It might be the language of squirrels. Nutmasde means: the nutty in me recognizes the nutty in you. I wouldn’t expect monks to be using that one any time soon. When a word becomes popular, it’s natural that we might engage in word play. What is more common is that our language becomes less mindful. Continue reading