Shalom: <1>(used by
Jews) hello, good-bye,
Salaam: <2>(used by most
Moslems) comes from
the root "tasleim"
which means "surrendered." Therefore, "salaam" means "to
Salute: <3>(a universal greeting)
health, safety, greeting; <4>to address with expression
of kind wishes, courtesy, or honor;
<5>to give a sign of respect, courtesy, or good will;
<6>the position (as of the hand) or the entire attitude of a
person saluting another person.
is a greeting of "hi" and "good-bye." <8>At the same time by
the position of the hands over the fourth
chakra, which is the center of love in humans, we express our
love and courtesy to the other person and wish him to be surrendered
to the Will of the Divine God,
and for peace to be upon him. <9>Also we wish him health, a
long-lasting life, and we honor him.
<10>However, all wishes we make for the person
and all respect he deserves can come to him only by being
surrendered to the
Father and His Laws (Daharmas).
<11>On the other hand, the word "sal" is an
abbreviation of the word "salute." Therefore, the word "Sal-Om"
can be translated to be: "salute to the sound
<12>The sound OM is
the root sound of all sounds in the universe <13>and will be
heard in the high state of realization.
<14>By greeting another person with the word "Sal-Om"
we are really greeting his most
Divine nature within, or his consciousness in pure form.
<15>Therefore, not only do we greet a person by
"Sal-Om" and give him
many other good wishes, but we greet him as a
Divine being who is able to reach
<16>We pay our salutations to the Divinity within him.