A deep spiritual greeting when meeting and departing from others.
Sanskrit, pronounced "Nah-mah-skar".
It is usually said with an accompanying action - holding the palms of the hand flat together and touching the thumbs first to the "third eye" area between the eyebrows and then touching the thumbs to the heart.
It means "With all the depths and charms of my mind and all the love and cordiality of my heart, the divinity within me greets the divinity within you". This meaning is the ideation kept in mind when givning the greeting.
Related to namaste
, which is often used in the same way, but which was originally intended as a respectful greeting to God alone. Namaskar, on the other hand, is always used as a greeting to other people - eiher friends or strangers.
Street version: skar
Namaskar James! (*holding hands together and touching thumbs to third eye and heart*). I haven't seen you for ages!
Namaste was originally intended as a respectful greeting to God, the Great Guru within. It is often used today as a greeting to other people - either friends or strangers.
(and its related street term, skar
) is always used in the second sense.
"Namaste, my beloved Guru..."
A long while since something was last the case.
"Wow, this placed has changed. I haven't been here for time".
Something lost by a politician or prime minister upon offering beautiful and high sounding promises to a nation and then taking that nation to unnecessary and barbaric war.
It is lost not only by the individual, but by all individuals in that society.
And the greater the trust, the greater the loss.
Since Abu Ghraib
, I just don't trust anyone anymore...