brokenme85 (brokenme85) wrote,

Informative Speech on Namaste

One day, I was walking on the downtown mall and saw a homeless man with a deck of tarot cards. He made eye contact with me and said, “Namaste!” I said it back to him, and then asked what it meant. He told me it meant, “Celebrate the goodness within you,” and more specifically, “The light within me celebrates the light within you!” The man’s name was Ed, and he was a retired school teacher from New York. He left his home two years before I met him to travel the country and meet new people, living off of what others saw fit to give him. Although this may not seem like a desirable lifestyle to many of us, it worked for Ed. He spread light, beauty and Namaste to many open-minded people in Charlottesville.

Only four years ago did I actually choose to embrace the concept. Since I did, I have felt a seemingly impossible connection to most everyone and everything I come across. It is truly amazing what an open heart can do!

Today, I would like to talk to you about Namaste, the definition, the gesture, and the impact it can have on others. Let’s start with the definition!

Namaste is a Hindi greeting and farewell, literally translating “I bow to you,” from the word “nama” meaning “bow” and “te” meaning “you.” It is interpreted to mean many similar ideas. The following interpretation is the most all-encompassing: “I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells; I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One!”

Now that you know what it means, let’s talk about how it’s used!

In yoga, Namaste is one soul acknowledging another. Kirk, an instructor at Bikram Yoga, says that Namaste in yoga means: “The suffering in me acknowledges the suffering in you, the Light!” Traditionally, the word is accompanied by a gesture of hands (palms together) in front of the heart chakra, and a bow (with eyes closed) as the word is spoken. This is said to increase the flow of Divine love in the heart, and the bow is to help with the surrender of the heart to the Divine. Although this is the traditional way to gesture Namaste, most people are more informal now, doing either the gesture or saying the word.
Although Namaste is typically used in India and yoga classes, it can be used by anyone. It doesn’t matter what age, religion, race or gender a person is, and it is never politically incorrect to celebrate the goodness within others.

Imagine that you do not know the meaning of Namaste, and it is said to you by a stranger. Rather than admit you do not know what it means, you would probably look it up online later, right? Imagine the warmth you would feel upon discovering what was said to you. Namaste is something that should be embraced, and shared with everyone! It is “the truth that we are all one when we live from the heart!”

Today, I shared with you what the gesture, Namaste is all about! You know the definition, how to perform Namaste, and what kind of an impact it can have on others! Namaste is something that can truly change one’s outlook on life!

I see beauty in all people now, whether I like them or not. I love everyone because we are all One! I invite you to do the same!

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