Namaste is a Sanskrit word that has been translated in a number of ways but basically means, “The God in me salutes the God in you.” It is a recognition that the real beauty in life is within one another. We are God’s gift to one another. Yet we often forget it. Saint Augustine wrote about how we marvel at mountains, waves, the ocean, and stars, and yet we pass by one another without the least bit of wonder. The fact is we are the greatest creation of all, you and me.
Too often we mar our relationships by seeing separation. We isolate ourselves. We build prisons around our heart. The basic message Jesus was trying to teach was about our oneness, not just with Spirit but with one another. He challenged us to see divinity in all people. He taught us to treat all people with love, honor, and respect.
It really doesn’t take much effort to spread some kindness. The Dalai Lama calls kindness his religion. I will bet that everyone who reads this knows someone who could use a lift right now. Why not make a call, write a note, pay a visit or send a card. Edward Markham wrote, “There is a destiny that makes us brothers; no man goes his way alone.”
Albert Einstein believed that those people that experience themselves as separate from the rest are suffering from what he called, an “Optical Illusion of Consciousness.” It’s a prison for us. It restricts our affection to a precious few. We can free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and all of nature’s beauty. Everything is connected. There is no separation. We need to look below the surface, beyond appearances.
Anthony DeMello, a Catholic priest, taught that when we see people in their inner beauty and goodness we transform and create. He advised us to look at people we dislike. What is it we dislike? What is their defect? Perhaps there is none. It could be that our upbringing and culture taught us to dislike this. For instance if you were in a restaurant and saw someone eating mashed potatoes with their hands you might judge them as uncouth. However in their culture if you used a knife and fork people might consider it disgusting that you put something in your mouth that had been in so many other mouths. So, the next time you are ready to judge someone take a moment to pause. Instead of judging, search for the treasures in them. My guess is when you search for the good each one will become transformed in your eyes.