Reasons behind the Namaskar in Hindu Culture

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Reasons behind the Namaskar in Hindu Culture


Namaste or Namaskar, is the most common way of greeting in the Hindu culture. Namaste is used for welcoming people as also while saying good-byes. People consider many Hindu traditions as superstitious because they are unaware of the scientific reason behind the custom. Behind every Hindu ritual, there is a scientific reason established by research by our ancestors.Let’s explore the spiritual and scientific reasons behind Namaskar in Hindu culture:


  • Namaste is associated with the Hindu culture of acknowledging and respecting the other soul. When the person acknowledges back and says Namaste, a spiritual connection is developed with the other person. This spiritual connection leads to building strong relationships.


  • When you close your eyes while doing Namaskar, you can focus on your soul and see within.


  • The scientific significance behind Namaskar is to activate the pressure points. The gesture of Namaskar involves joining the palms and fingers together. Pressing palms together activate the pressure points of mind, eyes, and ears. The activated pressure points help us remembering the person for a long time.


  • The act of Namaste does not involve any physical contact with the person. Hence, no unwanted transfer of germs.


  • As physical contact allows flow of subtle-energies, the chances of negative energy being passed on from the negatively energized person to the other reduces to a great extent.


  • These two terms are derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Namaha’ which means ‘a physical action expressing that you are superior to me in all qualities and in every way. Hence, this form of greeting develops gratitude and humbleness towards another person keeping the ego aside.


  • The position of saying Namaskar is called as ‘Namaskar mudra’. As Hinduism stated, a human body comprises of five different elements earth, air, vacuum, fire and water which facilitates a continuum of energy in the body. It is believed that the vacuum element cannot be harmed. This mudra links the body’s vacuum element to the vacuum of the universe which leads to the flow of divine consciousness in the body. Hence, this gesture of greeting supports the transfer of positive energy between two persons.


Remember not to hold anything in your hand while doing Namaskar as that would restrict the energies.


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