‘I salute your form’
Namaste’s original Sanskrit, “NamahKaar”, meaning, Namah: ‘I bow or salute your form’. Kaar: ‘The spirit within me recognizes the spirit within you’.
It is both a beautiful and appropriate ritual to begin and seal your practice. Bringing our hands to Anjali Mudra, in prayer position, whilst closing the eyes and gently bowing the head. This helps us to center within the heart space. It also helps us to close out the outside world. Retreating within we are blessed with an opportunity to focus our mind upon our practice.
‘Kaar’, the spirit within me recognizes the spirit within you. We recognise that the divine spark resigns within our heart chakra. This is the hearts intelligence and knowing. We acknowledge brahma, within and through us and in those that you meet. This can only be done by love opening the heart chakra, love really is the key.
This interconnection between all the material and immaterial substances that make up our world, both organic and inorganic materials creates ‘the web of life’. We are all creations of Brahma’s dreaming into existence and individualization. Connecting to the universal spirit that lives through us and within each and every thing that is around us. Creating the space for perfect love within us as we accept the world for all it has to teach us. Everything is a sacred reflection of Brahma. The fire in the hearth to the computer screen, each vibrates Brahma’s existence. We are all reflections of Brahma and Braham experiences self-actualisation through our collective consciousness. This is the joy of living. This is what we strive to bring into our practice when we honour ourselves and others with this gesture. Practicing within the sacred moment and something we strive to bring into our everyday existence away from the yoga mat.
Brahma dreams into individualization and we dream into universal connections. Yin and Yang interplay and dynamic creating form, shape, and the myriad of creatures. Bringing this ritual act into our practice honours the person it is spoken as an act of surrender by removing the ego/separateness from our practice. ,
References and Resources
Lecture notes. Australian Yoga Academy. Dominique and Antony Salerno.2012.
Yoga prints by Claudia Tremblay