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Ayurveda, which is a Sanskrit word meaning “Science of Life,” was originally written in Sanskrit, so our studies we come upon Sanskrit terms quite often. In yoga class, we hear the asanas, or poses, called by their original Sanskrit names. Probably the most commonly used Sanskrit word is not really a word at all, but a mantra, “om” which represents the all, the universal. If you want to see what “om” looks like written in Sanskrit, I have some items up in our “Sanskrit Store.” (http://www.cafepress.com/coffey_talk/427097) One of the designs says “Om shanti” which means “Om peace.” At the beginning of this newsletter the greeting is “Namaste” which is Sanskrit for “The divine in me honors the divine in you.” In India this greeting is used when you first meet someone, and again when you depart, palms together, with a bow of the head. Sanskrit is such a beautiful language, with many layers of meaning.

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