The Namaskara mudra is the gesture of prayer. It is also known as the gesture for greetings, devotion, and adoration. Hands are held close to the chest. The palms and fingers are pressed together and pointed upwards. The Namaskara mudra is made when saying “Namaste,” which means: “May the goodness (divine) in me see the goodness (divine) in you.” While Westerners use this gesture for prayer, Buddhists associate it more with the true nature of all things, beyond distinction.
If you are not familiar with mudras or would like a refresher, please read my introduction to mudras.
When making the Namaskara mudra, repeat this mantra, or verse that holds meaning, slowly and intentionally. Allow the energy of the mudra and the power of the mantra to penetrate ever more deeply.
“The goodness in me,
recognizes the goodness in all.”
“To be beautiful means to be yourself.
You don’t need to be accepted by others.
You need to accept yourself.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh