Traveling to Nepal in the mid 1980’s was the first time that I encountered the beautiful expression, “Namaste”. Instinctively, I knew that it was far more than a simple greeting. One of my guidebooks translated Namaste as “I welcome the gods that dwell within you.” Another translation which I have on a framed poster in my bedroom is “I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one.”

When I hear Namaste or see it in print, I think not only of the word’s translations but also of the fabulous time I spent in Nepal and the many beautiful people that I met. I think fondly of a smiling father proudly showing me his young son, of the hotel staff going out of their way to ensure that I got on the correct local bus from Kathmandu to Pokhra and the waiters who had such delight when I ordered native food and drink. Namaste is not only the reminder of a beautiful place but of a state of mind.

Read about my adventures  in this beautiful land of towering mountains and radiant smiles.

I wish you Namaste on your journeys.

Travel Memoir ~ Nepal

Travel Memoir ~ Nepal (Addendum)

5 thoughts on “Namaste

  • I love the saying you have on your wall. I was involved in the Buddhist belief system and going on retreats w/my Buddhist friends for several years. (I never supplanted it w/my Christianity). I love the peacefulness it provided to all of us in a group retreat. I have heard and met Pema; and, the son of the man that started Buddhism in America: the Sakyong Rinpoche—amazing young man. We would always sit together for dinners, etc. I love the discipline.

    Love, Donna


    • Glad that you like the word & interesting what you wrote. When I visit LA area, I always go to the Self Realization Fellowship in Pacific Palisades (on Sunset Blvd). It’s beautiful, peaceful .. founded by Yogananda, author of a fabulous book, “Autobiography of a Yogi” plus many other books.
      Lots of love, Eileen


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