When bowing at the Feet of the Divine, the devotee kneels and places the head to the ground, with the hands extended forwards. In Sahaja Yoga the hands are placed palm upward as flat as possible, not in contact with the head. The forehead or normal hairline is placed to the ground- not the Sahasrara- and the backside raised as far as possible*. The feet should not be touching each other.
In the early days Shri Mataji would place Her Divine Lotus Feet on the hands of the Sahaja Yogis and their heads would rest on Her Feet (lucky guys!). The attention is on drinking in, through the Sahasrara, the Nectar of Divine Vibrations that flow from Shri Mataji's Lotus Feet.
*These instructions have been given by H.S.H. Shri Mataji.
namas-kara 'making obeisance'- comes from nam 'to bow' or 'bend', and kara- 'to do', so is a 'reverential salutation', 'worship to' with a sense of 'glory to'. Namas, like namo, is namaha with the ending modified to suit the following word. namaha is an indeclinable adverb which takes the dative case, 'satutations to.'. Note. Not from the same root as nama- 'name'.
In mantras, or everyday salutations, namaha or namaste is said with the head bowed and the palms put together, generally at the heart, but it is more respectful to salute one's guru or elders at the forehead and to salute God by putting the folded hands at the top of the head, to the Brahma-randhra 'the crevice of the Supreme' in the Sahasrara, where the Sacred Feet of the Supreme Goddess reside. The Brahma-randhra is also the Heart Chakra, which gets blocked if the balloons of ego and superego at the temples are inflated. The act of bowing, and especially bowing the head to the ground, helps to bring down the ego and the word namaha can be separated as na-'not', maha-'I', an ego-negating mantra.
This obeisance can be made internally, if preferred, by putting the attention to the Divine Feet in the heart or at the Sahasrara, with perhaps a slight inclination of the head.
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