obeise

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door —
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door —
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,“ I said, "art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore —
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

Much I marveled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning— little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blest with seeing bird above his chamber door —
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as “Nevermore.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

anonymous asked:

Ive seen a lot of interpretations of 'namaste' and I cant really tell if its actual Hinduism or a Western concept/definition imposed upon the word. What does it really mean? Or is it actually just a word for hello?

Namaste (Namas + te, Devanagari: नमः + ते = नमस्ते) is derived from Sanskrit and is a combination of the word “Namaḥa” and the 2nd person singular pronoun “te”. Namaḥa means ‘bow’, 'obeisance’, 'reverential salutation’ or 'adoration’ and te means 'to you’. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bowing to you”. However, “you” refers to the atma (eternal soul), so Namaste is usually translated as “I bow to the divinity in you”. Anything more than that is unnecessary tbh.

It’s used as a respectful form of greeting, acknowledging and welcoming a relative, guest or stranger. “Namaste” is spoken with a slight bow and hands in the Anjali Mudra: pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest. Everyone is familiar with what this looks like.

Namaskar / Namaskaram is used instead of “Namaste” in parts of the Indian subcontinent, including Bengal and South India. This greeting is derived from the same Sanskrit word “Namaha”, but instead of using the pronoun “te” it uses the word kāra, meaning “action”. Namaskar / Namaskaram can be literally translated as “I do the act of salutation.”

For most diaspora Hindus, namaste / namaskar / namaskaram is reserved for greeting elders or in traditional settings, like a wedding or festival; we don’t go around saying namaste to each other, so white Hindu converts please don’t make a fool of yourself lol

This is sort of a mini PSA for Heathens and related traditions.

It is okay to kneel or bow or make obeisance when you’re praying or doing a ritual or just in general.

It is okay to express your devotion to your deities.

It does not make you weak.

Historically Heathens did stuff like that and the notion that they didn’t is due to the vikings hypermasculine image in the popular imagination.

However, if you cannot do things because of illness or disability or you’ve been told not to, don’t feel bad, it’s not the only way to show respect.

“Obeisances unto Him who is the destroyer of all obstacles, who the knowers of Vedanta describe as the Supreme Brahman, and who others describe as the pradhana, or totality of mundane elements. Some describe Him as the supreme male person, or purusha, while others describe Him as the Supreme Lord and the cause of the creation of the universe.”

☀ SHRI VISHNU NARAYANA ॐ ☀

The ruler Bhadrasrava said:
“We offer our respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the reservoir of all religious principles, who cleanses the heart of the conditioned soul in this material world. Again and again we offer our respectful obeisances unto Him.”~Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.2

☀ Happy Narasimhadeva Caturdasi ॐ ☀

Prahlada Maharaja said:
“I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Narasimhadeva, the source of all power. O my Lord who possesses nails and teeth just like thunderbolts, kindly vanquish our demonlike desires for fruitive activity in this material world. Please appear in our hearts and drive away our ignorance so that by Your mercy we may become fearless in the struggle for existence in this material world.”~Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.8

Thank you, but I disagree.

From the first days of Kindergarten, my teacher taught my class the value of saying “Thank you.” Chalk in hand, she wrote the sentence on the blackboard and told us not to forget to be thankful, no matter how bad things got. 

Fast forward to college. I was thrust into a world where I was constantly and vigorously being reminded, not only to closely examine what I know, but also to question the people and the experiences that give me what I know.

Two nights ago, I saw Mary Jane’s mother on television, angry and refusing to thank the President for the reprieve on her daughter’s execution.

In the aftermath of strong words hurled, a lot had been said about the value of gratitude and how a grateful attitude in the context of the plight of OFWs on death rows overseas would seem to put the Philippine government off the hook, at least temporarily, for its failure to create decent employment opportunities at home.

But that is confusing gratitude for obeisance, which are two vastly different things. Serfs pay obeisance to the sovereign for its ‘benevolent’ dole-outs, while men and women who are equals should be capable of gratitude. Extending gratitude is common courtesy even between people of polar convictions; paying obeisance is knowing whom not to criticize. Obeisance is to simply take abuse sitting down. 

In the scheme of things, it is obeisance, not gratitude, which ends all critical and useful discourse. Gratitude is earned, and in the context of free speech one should not, under any circumstance, feel compelled to say it, even if I personally wish it weren’t the case.

☀ Happy Narasimhadeva Caturdasi ॐ ☀

Prahlada Maharaja said:
“I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Nrsimhadeva, the source of all power. O my Lord who possesses nails and teeth just like thunderbolts, kindly vanquish our demonlike desires for fruitive activity in this material world. Please appear in our hearts and drive away our ignorance so that by Your mercy we may become fearless in the struggle for existence in this material world.”~Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.8

Akshaya Tritiya:The word “Akshaya” means the never diminishing in Sanskrit and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. It is believed that if you do charity on this day you will be blessed. On Akshay Tritiya, Mrutika worshiped.The importance of praying to Vaibhavlakshmi along with Shri VishnuOn this day, the king or any governor responsible for the protection and well being of society, should collectively pay obeisance and perform ritualistic worship (with spiritual emotion) of the idol of Goddess Vaibhavlakshmī along with Shrī Vishnu. This endows happiness and prosperity upon the residents of the kingdom. Goddess Shrī Lakshmī is the Divine energy (shakti) of Shrī Vishnu. While doing ritualistic worship of Shrī Lakshmī, if we do not invoke Shrī Vishnu, then how can His energy (shakti) (which is with or within him) come to the place of worship and bless us? Hence whenever we want to pray to Shrī Lakshmī in any form, we should first invoke Shrī Vishnu. This way a worshipper derives the maximum benefit from the Shrī Lakshmī principle (tattva).
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Kimberly Cotton on vocals and guitar. Recorded at ISKCON of DC.

This song honors Krishna’s incarnation as Nrsimha, the half-man, half-lion that killed Hiranyakashipu to protect Hiranyakashipu’s son, Prahlada Maharaja. It is in the Sanskrit language. The story of this incarnation and the relationship between Prahlada and his father is in the seventh canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam.

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namas te narasiḿhāya
prahlādāhlāda-dāyine
hiraṇyakaśipor vakṣaḥ-
śilā-ṭańka-nakhālaye

I offer my obeisances to Lord Narasimha, who gives joy to Prahlada Maharaja and whose nails are like chisels on the stonelike chest of the demon Hiranyakasipu.

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ito nṛsiḿhaḥ parato nṛsiḿho
yato yato yāmi tato nṛsiḿhaḥ
bahir nṛsiḿho hṛdaye nṛsiḿho
nṛsiḿham ādiḿ śaraṇaḿ prapadye

Lord Nrsimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Nrsimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Nrsimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge.

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The prayer is normally concluded with the fourth verse of Pralaya Payodhi Jale by Srila Jayadeva Goswami:

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-śṛńgaḿ
dalita-hiraṇyakaśipu-tanu-bhṛńgam
keśava dhṛta-narahari-rūpa jaya jagadīśa hare

O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lionl All glories to You! lust as one can easily crush a wasp between one’s fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasp like demon Hiranyakasipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.

Translation from http://kksongs.org

Great Wisdom Sutra from the Chū sonji Temple Sutra Collection

Buddhist Art: Great Wisdom Sutra from the Chū sonji Temple Sutra Collection

The frontispiece to this sutrachapter shows a dramatic three-quarters view of the Buddha seated with two bodhisattvas. Seven figures pay obeisance to the Buddha, with the six in front raising offerings of food. The silver used to articulate sections of the ground, the ribbons that hang from the tree behind and the altar before the Buddha, and the offering bowls raised before him provides a…

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Hircine, Daedric Prince of the Wild Hunt

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“Mighty Lord Hircine, noble Lord Hircine, we come before you in all obeisance and humility, acknowledging your divine authority over the forest and all the lawful prey therein. We invoke you, O Master of the Chase, in your aspect of Alrabeg the Hunter, to look kindly upon the endeavors of these, your worshipers, as we praise you by engaging in the hallowed tradition of the Hunt.”
The Elder Scrolls: Invocation of Hircine

☀ Happy Narasimhadeva Caturdasi ॐ ☀

“Obeisances to Lord Narasimha, who has large and fearsome teeth, who is filled with happiness, who maintains and protects His devotees, who is effulgent, happy, powerful, and the supreme controller.”~Sri Narasimha-sahasra-nama