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Int'l Mother Language Day: The Word 'Namaste' Has A Profound Meaning. And This Gesture Can Make A Difference In Your Relations

Kirti Tarang Pande | Last Modified - Feb 20, 2017, 06:05 PM IST

What difference can saying 'Namaste' bring to your life if you only understand what it means!
  • Namaste vs Thankyou
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    Namaste vs Thankyou
    Recollect the rangbhoomi (where rehearsal for battle happen) scene of Mahabharata- Unchallenged, unparalleled Arjun had stolen the show. He was about to be declared warrior of the day & that’s when it happens- arrival of Karna. He wants to take on Arjun, but due to his low-birth it was forbidden. Duryodhan saves the day for Karna, by crowning him the King of Anga. What does Karna do?
    Veda Vyasa in Mahabharata writes:
    “Karna sets his emotions free to flow, through his eyes, in the form of tears. He asks Duryodhana, “How may I be of service to you?”
    Now think, what you would have done in a similar situation- a man saves you from national humiliation and makes you a star. What would you say?
    I would say, “Thank you”, as a reflex. But Karna didn’t. Note the choice of his words,"How may I be of service to you”", and not “How can I repay you?”
    Let’s look at it from the prism of another incidence-
    Incidence 2
    Recollect- Hanuman meets Sita in Ashok Vatika, as a messenger of Rama. He shows her Rama’s ring & tells her that her husband would be here to rescue her. How did Sita respond?
    Rishi Valmiki writes:
    “Upon knowing that he is a messenger of Rama, she blesses him. With a heart overwhelmed with joy & grief, she says; “Give your master my pranam (salutation)”
    Now think- If you were trapped by the most feared person of our times & suddenly someone comes and says, “Rescue team is on its way.” Wouldn’t you thank that person repeatedly or at least send your gratitude to the rescue team?
    Sita didn’t.
    Does this mean Sita & Karna were ungrateful?
    Before judging further, let’s understand the how a person can destroy his/her positive karma by feeling indebted towards another...
  • Meaning of Namaste
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    Meaning of Namaste
    Recollect the rangbhoomi (where rehearsal for battle happen) scene of Mahabharata- Unchallenged, unparalleled Arjun had stolen the show. He was about to be declared warrior of the day & that’s when it happens- arrival of Karna. He wants to take on Arjun, but due to his low-birth it was forbidden. Duryodhan saves the day for Karna, by crowning him the King of Anga. What does Karna do?
    Veda Vyasa in Mahabharata writes:
    “Karna sets his emotions free to flow, through his eyes, in the form of tears. He asks Duryodhana, “How may I be of service to you?”
    Now think, what you would have done in a similar situation- a man saves you from national humiliation and makes you a star. What would you say?
    I would say, “Thank you”, as a reflex. But Karna didn’t. Note the choice of his words,"How may I be of service to you”", and not “How can I repay you?”
    Let’s look at it from the prism of another incidence-
    Incidence 2
    Recollect- Hanuman meets Sita in Ashok Vatika, as a messenger of Rama. He shows her Rama’s ring & tells her that her husband would be here to rescue her. How did Sita respond?
    Rishi Valmiki writes:
    “Upon knowing that he is a messenger of Rama, she blesses him. With a heart overwhelmed with joy & grief, she says; “Give your master my pranam (salutation)”
    Now think- If you were trapped by the most feared person of our times & suddenly someone comes and says, “Rescue team is on its way.” Wouldn’t you thank that person repeatedly or at least send your gratitude to the rescue team?
    Sita didn’t.
    Does this mean Sita & Karna were ungrateful?
    Before judging further, let’s understand the how a person can destroy his/her positive karma by feeling indebted towards another...
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    (Pic -ISKCON)
    Recollect the rangbhoomi (where rehearsal for battle happen) scene of Mahabharata- Unchallenged, unparalleled Arjun had stolen the show. He was about to be declared warrior of the day & that’s when it happens- arrival of Karna. He wants to take on Arjun, but due to his low-birth it was forbidden. Duryodhan saves the day for Karna, by crowning him the King of Anga. What does Karna do?
    Veda Vyasa in Mahabharata writes:
    “Karna sets his emotions free to flow, through his eyes, in the form of tears. He asks Duryodhana, “How may I be of service to you?”
    Now think, what you would have done in a similar situation- a man saves you from national humiliation and makes you a star. What would you say?
    I would say, “Thank you”, as a reflex. But Karna didn’t. Note the choice of his words,"How may I be of service to you”", and not “How can I repay you?”
    Let’s look at it from the prism of another incidence-
    Incidence 2
    Recollect- Hanuman meets Sita in Ashok Vatika, as a messenger of Rama. He shows her Rama’s ring & tells her that her husband would be here to rescue her. How did Sita respond?
    Rishi Valmiki writes:
    “Upon knowing that he is a messenger of Rama, she blesses him. With a heart overwhelmed with joy & grief, she says; “Give your master my pranam (salutation)”
    Now think- If you were trapped by the most feared person of our times & suddenly someone comes and says, “Rescue team is on its way.” Wouldn’t you thank that person repeatedly or at least send your gratitude to the rescue team?
    Sita didn’t.
    Does this mean Sita & Karna were ungrateful?
    Before judging further, let’s understand the how a person can destroy his/her positive karma by feeling indebted towards another...
  • +4 See more slides
    Recollect the rangbhoomi (where rehearsal for battle happen) scene of Mahabharata- Unchallenged, unparalleled Arjun had stolen the show. He was about to be declared warrior of the day & that’s when it happens- arrival of Karna. He wants to take on Arjun, but due to his low-birth it was forbidden. Duryodhan saves the day for Karna, by crowning him the King of Anga. What does Karna do?
    Veda Vyasa in Mahabharata writes:
    “Karna sets his emotions free to flow, through his eyes, in the form of tears. He asks Duryodhana, “How may I be of service to you?”
    Now think, what you would have done in a similar situation- a man saves you from national humiliation and makes you a star. What would you say?
    I would say, “Thank you”, as a reflex. But Karna didn’t. Note the choice of his words,"How may I be of service to you”", and not “How can I repay you?”
    Let’s look at it from the prism of another incidence-
    Incidence 2
    Recollect- Hanuman meets Sita in Ashok Vatika, as a messenger of Rama. He shows her Rama’s ring & tells her that her husband would be here to rescue her. How did Sita respond?
    Rishi Valmiki writes:
    “Upon knowing that he is a messenger of Rama, she blesses him. With a heart overwhelmed with joy & grief, she says; “Give your master my pranam (salutation)”
    Now think- If you were trapped by the most feared person of our times & suddenly someone comes and says, “Rescue team is on its way.” Wouldn’t you thank that person repeatedly or at least send your gratitude to the rescue team?
    Sita didn’t.
    Does this mean Sita & Karna were ungrateful?
    Before judging further, let’s understand the how a person can destroy his/her positive karma by feeling indebted towards another...
  • +4 See more slides
    Recollect the rangbhoomi (where rehearsal for battle happen) scene of Mahabharata- Unchallenged, unparalleled Arjun had stolen the show. He was about to be declared warrior of the day & that’s when it happens- arrival of Karna. He wants to take on Arjun, but due to his low-birth it was forbidden. Duryodhan saves the day for Karna, by crowning him the King of Anga. What does Karna do?
    Veda Vyasa in Mahabharata writes:
    “Karna sets his emotions free to flow, through his eyes, in the form of tears. He asks Duryodhana, “How may I be of service to you?”
    Now think, what you would have done in a similar situation- a man saves you from national humiliation and makes you a star. What would you say?
    I would say, “Thank you”, as a reflex. But Karna didn’t. Note the choice of his words,"How may I be of service to you”", and not “How can I repay you?”
    Let’s look at it from the prism of another incidence-
    Incidence 2
    Recollect- Hanuman meets Sita in Ashok Vatika, as a messenger of Rama. He shows her Rama’s ring & tells her that her husband would be here to rescue her. How did Sita respond?
    Rishi Valmiki writes:
    “Upon knowing that he is a messenger of Rama, she blesses him. With a heart overwhelmed with joy & grief, she says; “Give your master my pranam (salutation)”
    Now think- If you were trapped by the most feared person of our times & suddenly someone comes and says, “Rescue team is on its way.” Wouldn’t you thank that person repeatedly or at least send your gratitude to the rescue team?
    Sita didn’t.
    Does this mean Sita & Karna were ungrateful?
    Before judging further, let’s understand the how a person can destroy his/her positive karma by feeling indebted towards another...

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