We toss the word around yoga and spiritual circles, but do you really know what it means? Believe it or not, it’s listed in Urban Dictionary:
Namaste – an ancient Sanskrit greeting still in everyday use in India and especially on the trail in the Nepal Himalaya. Translated roughly, it means “I bow to the God within you,” or “The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you” – a knowing that we are all made from the same One Divine Consciousness.
I ask you what that means to you, dear reader. To me it means that every single person I meet every day is a part of the One Spirit of God just as I am. In the real world of human 3D, that can be difficult to accept because that means that the jerk who just cut you off on the highway is also a part of you.
That is the key to world peace, though. This philosophy holds that we are all connected. Some describe it as a red thread that unites us to each other, others describe it as the ever-winding roots of a common tree.
Humans are headstrong, though. We believe what we believe, but are unwilling to open our minds to possibilities that make us question ourselves.
I see things a little differently. When the jerk on the road cuts me off (and I’m in the at-peace frame of mind,) I remember the times I have cut people off on the road. My reasons were seldom vindictiveness. Usually, it was because I was so caught up in my human matrix that I wasn’t paying attention to the drivers around me. At other times, I was so caught up in my reality that I thought it was more important for me to get to where I was going.
You see, I understand that sometimes I, too, can be that jerk on the road. And I am ashamed.
The key to living together in peace, I believe, is for us to understand that it is the human matrix that separates us. It binds us to our own reality, insisting that our truth is more true than someone else’s. Our matrix is the tie that binds us to a life of empty expectations and heartless hearts. Our escape is to realize that the rainbow that arcs overhead after a rainstorm is the same for us as it is for the person in the next car, only our connection to reality can change our perception.
After all, Jesus did say in Mark 12:31 that the greatest commandment is to “’Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” That is my favorite quote because I understand that loving others is the key to abolishing what separates us. Once we live this truth, we will find peace within ourselves.
Consider this truth, my friends. When you find yourself judging the man across the street, instead take a breath and realize that you control the effect he has on you. In the tree analogy, when his root threatens to choke yours, redirect your root so that he has no effect on you.
Yes, I understand this is easier said than done, but, after all, we are here to learn and live with free will.
What will you choose?
I repeat, Namaste, my friends, because you and I are truly one under the one true Source that is our God.
The Dragonfly’s Student