Simple Act of Bowing

In India, one of the many traditions that we have and practice is the act of bowing.

It is usually done for a teacher whom we call upadeṣṭāra (meaning the highest teacher or the first instructor or a guru).

Why is this done?

It is obvious that when we want to learn something we want to be like the teacher who teaches us the discipline we desire to master or at least be very close to him or her in the way he or she observes, listens, thinks and meditates on a subject.

The simple act of bowing (preferably done both physically and mentally) helps us to become the teacher or come very close to him/her in thinking, behaviour and actions. In doing so we soon develop an intuitive capability to master a subject we want to learn and in a while become a master in our own right — just the way our teachers became.

It is something like the transfer of energy from a higher potential to that of a lower potential till the energy content of the lower potential matches that of the higher potential.

Clearly, it is an easy way to gain entry into the depths of a subject and understand its nuances.

Through my personal experiences, I have seen that it works all the time, without fail.

I take this opportunity to bow to all my teachers — both living and dead.