As I write on Biblical topics, there are times those leaving insightful comments greet or conclude with, "Namaste"! While I'm sure it is meant as a positive salutation, in researching the word, it appears it is rooted in the Hindu religion (India). Are Christians using this word and why? This may be as controversial as the use of the word "karma". I look forward to your answers. Thank you.
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Well said and agreed. For instance a causal saying once used and maybe still is is "Go in Peace". I think that sentiment may be applicable with Namaste.
Thank you, Eric Dierker. So you're saying Sanskrit (the language of India) used this salutation before Hinduism/Buddhism came into existence? Will do some more research on its origin. I responded as your wife did when I first heard (read) it.
Thank you for the comment, Lisa. I've heard yoga is a great workout, but the meditation part of it, for Christians, is focusing on God. Knowing that God abhors our worship of Him in likeness of pagan gods, for me, I will seek a different workout.
Thank you, Lori. Thus we can see why the question is posed. I hope you read Akriti Mattu's comments. We can agree that Catholic practices assimilate from pagan religions (idol worship), but true Christianity is not assimilated from other religions.
Thank you Lori!!! I was beginning to think that we now "accept" anything that is not in Scripture! Yes, please "check everything with Scripture!" Gal 1:8 says "...let him be accursed." Isn't that enough for you?
There must be a bug in your imagination. Why would Jesus weep at such an important question? I can imagination he would be happy with the question of Judah's Daughter.
Jodah's Daughter, please delete my response. I'm in a terrible mood today. Somedays are just like that. And Buildreps, you're right. There is a bug in my imagination. I love that little bug but not when it makes me offend others. Sorry -Peace!
I can't imagine Jesus weeping at the question. I can imagine Him weeping at some of the answers, depending on what they are.
You are all right, SirDent, Billy and Buildreps. IF the "God IN me" is the Spirit of The God (Creator of the Universe, our Savior), then it's a beautiful word. If not, then Christianity needs to come up with an equivalent to greet each other (IMHO).
Manatita44 - lovely
Thank you for sharing. Personally, my problem with the karma concept is Jesus lived a sinless, holy life and was yet crucified. It becomes a works-based concept. What unites all believers is the Spirit of God IN them and the faith to persevere.
Look up Karma, Judah's D, in the same way that you looked up Namaste. You will see that it is more to do with an Inner law for our own good, and not Religion.
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Thank you so much for the explanation. I have become elevated with reading it. My experiences with it having always been receiving it with respect, while I never knew its true meaning until today. Again, thank you! Namaste . . .
That's a very thoughtful reply :)
Seems beautiful, Akriti Mattu. If the God IN us is the Spirit of the Creator Himself vs. our humanity (the temple, as the Bible puts it), then it agrees with Christianity. The Self is not a god or God in Christianity. Will you clarify this for me?
By the 'self' i mean the innateness of human beings. The 'self' is the blissful spirit in every being on this planet. The spirit is not to be seen synonymous with the almighty but with the essential goodness and the purity of the almighty.
Thank you, Akriti Mattu. Yes, the Spirit of the Almighty (and its fruit shown in Gal 5:22-23) is seen (Mat 7 - You shall know them by their fruit) in us and others and unites us in love, humility and respect. Beautifully answered.
I'm glad :)
Akriti Mattu, Your explanation is humbling and carries with it all of the essence of Christianity and any other code of ethics and morality and respect for one another with which I was raised in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
..And that is why i started my answer by saying , "Being a Hindu , i feel i should explain the significance of the word... Differences need to be respected . That's what makes people elevated and evolved."
You all "really" frighten me!"Thou shalt have no other god before me" comes to mind & when associated with another religion, ungodly! Not in Scripture=UnGodly! What else will we "accept?" Gal 1:8 says "...let him be accursed." That's enough for
Akriti, It isn't intolerant or disrespectful to disagree and make a different choice for a different religious practice. You've given a thoughtful and knowledgable viewpoint and our discussion is the healthy process to decide for ones self. Blessings
Having an opinion different from others is never a problem. Differences need to be respected. But forming that opinion based on intolerance and supremacy is not correct. Prejudices in favour/against a specific religion or religious practice is wrong.
I appreciate the comment, SirDent. Yes, Christians were/are using this salutation. I have asked Akriti Mattu, another who answered, for clarification of the "God IN us". The ancient Vedas (origin) worshiped God as Creator, pre-Hinduism.