The word namaste, pronounced “NUHM-uh-stay,” is a common Hindu/Indian greeting often used in conjunction with a small bow and with the palms of one’s hands placed together, fingers up, in front of the chest. In Indian culture, it is used casually. With some aspects of Hindu/Indian culture becoming increasing popular in other parts of the world, yoga for example, the use of namaste is increasing in popularity as well.
A Christian should not say or do anything the originates from a different religion without first examining its meaning and origin. While to a Hindu namaste can be used as casually as “good morning,” the word itself literally means “I bow to you.” Culturally, it has come to mean “I bow to the god in you” and more fully “the god in me bows to the god in you.”
The saying of “namaste” IS INCOMPATIBLE with the Christian faith. There is only one God, and He does not share His glory (Isaiah 42:8). Bowing to or showing any sort of respect to any false god is idolatry (Exodus 20:3). Depending on the version of Hinduism, Hindu beliefs are polytheistic or pantheistic or a mixture of both. “Namaste” seems to come from the more pantheistic forms of Hinduism that sees everything and everyone as god.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can receive Him into your heart, and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.
If you are sincere, you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”
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When human are not god. why you follow human (Jew) as god. If some one find every one as god why you have problem. When your religion was killing human in Asia where was that human god. Did your human god say do convert all other religion should follow him, that is why church are converting people from other belief. bowing is to give other respect by the way namaskar mean Namas – Bowing and Kar coming from karma- action. This was bowing action to give respect. what u mean by human are not god, coming from stone, clay, steel and many more. They are god who make that possible or else I and you have not got this beauty with mobiles and every thing. Namaskar was also done by your human god before he was crucified. So what he was no more pure soul and he will go in hell just because he bow his head. Ha ha we found the door of hell, we can find out who are in hell. World was one and their was one religion your god was created from us. Do you know children are God because they are innocent. truth and no negative. After some time children become big human so what they are not god any more. God who doesn’t show his glory, when terrorist and bad human live longer than wise human. Do we need that god? I am proud to call Obama a God for killing Demon osama bin laden. Why Not Call Obama a God who show his power. Fight is not were God “have to” Use Weapon HIS present will make Demon to Lose. That ONE god didn’t kill that Demon.
Love that you are doing research on all of this, on all directions where the enemy tries to attack and defile OUR GOD! Keep the good work coming! GOD bless you!
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Thanks. God bless you.
Praise the Lord and all glory to the only God JESUS and through him OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN and THE HOLY SPIRIT! I am from India. I am truly thankful to you Mr. Williams for revealing the truth about “Namaste”.
THE HOLY SPIRIT has given you the discernment: “Culturally, it has come to mean “I bow to the god in you” and more fully “the god in me bows to the god in you.” The saying of “namaste” IS INCOMPATIBLE with the Christian faith. There is only one God, and He does not share His glory (Isaiah 42:8).” Amen.
I know a Christian Catholic relative of mine who started with Indian meditation, pranayama or breathing exercise, yoga, namaste etc. and now being treated for depression and suicidal thoughts. In short, a situation akin to that mentioned in Romans 1:28 and voluntarily, gently embracing spiritual darkness, filth and eternal damnation. I also had a sojourn with pranayama/breathing exercise; sudarshan kriya/”art of living”/ or rebranded “happiness programme”; Brahma Kumaris raja yoga etc. It lead me to mood swings, chronic anxiety, depression, demonic illusions, suicidal thoughts etc. but HIS mercy & grace pulled me from this sea of filth and the chances of going to the eternal lowest grave/lowest hell(Psalms 86:13).
Please pray for my relatives to praise and worship the Lord and Saviour JESUS, who rose again from the dead!
Yoga, namaste, suryanamaskar etc. appear to “peaceful” and comes with the “nice for wellness” advertisement slogan in this stressful world but in the long term it is dangerous for the mind and soul indeed, by awakening the fallen cosmic demonic spirits.
Kindly research & reveal from the GOD HOLY SPIRIT more of these demonic deceptions please.
Thank you very much indeed. May God bless you abundantly!
In good cheer,
PS: “I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.”
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Interesting… I was going to point out that the Hebrews used the language of the Canaanites. But then I ran across the line about our God bows to your God. Nope. No way. No how. “…no other gods before me…”
This is rather ignorant.
The god in me sees the god in you.
In other words
Christ seeing Christ in another.
Seeing the Christ within, within and bowing to Christ within.
It’s exactly the same.
If you truly believe there are no other gods before Him
what makes you think ‘his god’ is not ‘your god’ ?
If you think his god is not your god
Then it is YOU who believes there is more than one god.
Take the splinter out your eye
Yoga is a pseudo-religious practice intended to bring about a reduction of self and ‘oneness’ of being with the universe. As Georg Feuerstein states, ‘we need not believe in anything other than the possibility that we can go beyond…our present understanding and experience of the world, and more significantly, beyond our current egocentric state of being.’ (taken from his book ‘The Deeper Dimension of Yoga’ pages 25 and 26) Georg Feuerstein is a Yoga supporter and makes money off of trying to present Yoga as a safe non-threatening exercise intended to expand on human potential. (the devil is a lie) This implies that the universe and other states of being are living and mergeable things that humans should and can aspire to. This belief and act denies God and makes humans gods. We only have eternal life in God through Christ after submitting to the Holy Spirit’s transforming work making us more Christ-like. When we turn from God we deny the Imago Dei God blessed us with and we are destined to return to that which we were created from, death, decay, and nothingness. The belief that we can alter and transform our being by reducing self (quieting all thoughts and desires in meditation) is Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism. It is a Nihilistic worldview. There is no hope in this belief. Karma implies a living cosmic will that is not God. Yoga is a religious practice as it is the methodology that is used to bring about the individual state of quiet sought after to achieve oneness with the universe. Any attempt to hide or deny that that is what Yoga is. Is a deception by the enemy trying to get us to turn from God by attempting to change ourselves by our own power. Only God the Father, the Creator of all, has the ability and power to transform His creation. Those who profess to have ‘touched’ oneness have only believed the tricks of the father of lies, not seeing the path to their own destruction with this false sense of power and achievement.
I think this discussion is super healthy. I am strong in my walk with Christ and have worked in many areas of Spirit-Mind/Soul-Body healing by His redemptive power.
I also have practiced yoga for more than 2 decades. I have come to learn that there are technologies that tap into the power of the universe. This can only be used when redeemed by Christ as ALL are tainted (including religious “Christian” practices).
I was blessed with the gift of discernment and have discerned demonic energy in certain yoga practices especially in certain places and by certain teachers that have made conscious or unconscious enemy agreements.
You see it is so much more complex than any of you have stated as we are all very complex. However, the simple concept that I wish all who read this to understand is that for you as an individual practitioner it is one thing that defines which side of this conversation you are on (blessed by the Divine or cursed by the Devil). That is your intention and your heart posture. If you do all that you do for the glory of God, in oneness with his plans and purposes for your life, in his unconditional love, meditating only on his love then you are practicing to honor the light of God in you. He will give you the eyes to see his light in others, and whether you use the word “Namaste”, or” Bless you Friend”, it is your energetic resonance that is the key. In Jesus name, for all those in fear of using the wrong word, I pray that you redeem and clean all words in all languages to be able to be used only for Christ intent by the redeemed user to unify us all as one church in your kingdom. Amen!