Namaste : the divinity in me honors the divinity in you.
First, I must recognize the divinity in me. Do I do that? Do you? Do we believe that God, whatever our conception of God may be, dwells within? Jesus and his band of mystics thought that to be the truth. “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” LUKE 17:21
Whether or not you or I follow the theology of Christianity, this idea of God living within is not a revolutionary idea. Verses of Judaic and Christian scriptures support the premise of ancient and contemporary mystics that the entity which we call upon as God does not dwell apart from us in the celestial skies or in the far reaches of the universe. No, that spark of divinity, according to those scriptures, is not only indwelling, but also an exact image of the spiritual essence lauded in Genesis as the Creator of humankind. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” GENESIS 1:27
You and I created in the image of God? Wow, mind-boggling! The book of John in the Bible’s New Testament tells believers that God is Spirit. “God is Spirit; and those that worship him must worship him in spirit and truth.” JOHN 4:24 God does not have a physical appearance. So, if we are created in the image of God, then our God essence is spirit, it is within, and each member of mankind has it.
David, the famed King of Israel and supposed author of the book of Psalms, wrote: “Don’t throw me from your presence, and don’t take your holy Spirit from me.” PSALM 51:11. King David feared losing that indwelling Spirit. Can we lose the Holy Spirit? I don’t know, but I do know I have ignored that holy presence, I have not practiced “namaste”, honoring the divinity within me and within you. Every time I saturated my brain with alcohol, I profaned the indwelling Spirit. Every time I acted out with other addictive behavior, I profaned the holiness within. Every time I used another “imaged” child of God for selfish purposes, I profaned God within.
Buddhism says that the perfection of being is within. Understanding the 4 Noble Truths and directing life according to MAGGA, the 8 fold pathway, will bring enlightenment or NIRVANA, “accepting the world as it is”.
There is no theology associated with Buddhism. It is a lifestyle which focuses on an inner enlightenment and an outward display of compassion toward all of creation. The word namaste is of Hindu origin. When one bows with folded hands and extends the greeting “namaste”, Pranamasana has occurred. It is an act of respect shown to others.
Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism offer great insights to my recovery program when taken as foundational principles of Good Orderly Direction, G.O.D.