- Namaste -
"Namaste" is the traditional greeting of Nepal.
Literally, a Namaste addressed with folded hands is translated: "I greet the divinity which is in you".
And it is easy to understand why here, even a simple hello turns into praise to the divine.
Arrived at the foot of the Annapurnas, these white-cloaked gods observed us from the top of their 8000 m, while at their summits hung the invocations that the wind had taken off prayer flags. And it is the shortness of breath, result of the altitude but also of the spectacle which was offered to us, that we admired the rays of the sun caressing the summits at dusk and dawn almost every day. You have to see it to believe it, but the emotion generated by the sight of such a setting makes us lose words. And only "Namaste", from the tip of the lips is then whispered.
How else can we also greet these porters we met on the trails. To transport such loads, some exceeding 100 kg, these were necessarily the superhumans we encountered. And there the question arises. Should we contribute to what is considered by some to be modern slavery or are we happy to allow an entire family to live on portage income? Everyone has their answer, but remember that what you give to carry is for men and women and not deities.
What other word than "Namaste" could have been used to greet the young smiling monks met at the sacred place of Lumbini or the imposing statues at the entrance of the Hindu temples of the Kathmandu valley?
Finally, we will remember our first encounter with a unicorn rhino that we observed in the jungle of Bardia, in western Nepal. His presence and the aura he exuded in this exceptional environment could only come from a deity hidden under this thick leather! He rubbed shoulders with giant ficus trees whose drooping lianas and gigantic roots called us to meditation at their feet.
Nepal appeased us after having crossed North India. From the depths of its tropical jungle to the peaks of the Himalayan giants, the serenity that exudes there invites introspection. But here, all religions agree on one thing; this Nature is beyond us, not respecting it is an offense to our own divinity.