If you want to have a good time meditating, and thrive year after year, then never take on anything that is unnatural to you.

You don’t have to take on any aspect of Hindu culture in order to meditate. You don’t have to accept the idea of gurus, you don’t have to accept any gods, you don’t have to believe in anything, and you especially do not have to bow down to anyone. All these cultural memes can be fun, for those who are into them, but that’s all they are - memes.

Groveling is big in certain cultures, where you bow down, or lie flat on the ground in front of someone, so show how unworthy you are, and how superior they are, and that you respect that they are in a higher social position than you.

If you were born into a culture in which groveling is central, and were raised that way, then bowing down can be a completely natural way to honor someone.

pādapraāma
pāda--praāma [p= 617,2] [L=121953]
bowing to the feet , prostration W.
(H3) m.
 praāma
pra-āma [p= 659,3] [L=131101]
(ifc. f(ā).) bending , bowing , a bow , respectful salutation , prostration , obeisance (esp. to a Brahman or to a deity) MBh. Ka1v. &c
(H3) m.
 praipāta
pra-° ipāta [p= 660,2] [L=131190]
(ifc. f(ā).) falling at a person's feet , prostration , humble submission to (gen.) , salutation , reverence , obeisance MBh. Ka1v. &c
(H3) m.
 praipātapurasaram
pra-° ipāta---purasaram [L=131192]
preceded by prostration , with an obeisance Ma1rkP.
(H4) ind.


aṣṭāganaya
aṣṭā* ga---naya [p= 117,1] [L=20310]
prostration of the eight parts of the body (in performing very profound obeisance ; the eight parts are the hands , breast , forehead , eyes , throat , and middle of the back ; or the first four , with the knees and feet ; or these six , with the speech and mind) L.
(H4) m.
 aṣṭāgapāta
aṣṭā* ga---pāta [L=20310.1]
prostration of the eight parts of the body (in performing very profound obeisance ; the eight parts are the hands , breast , forehead , eyes , throat , and middle of the back ; or the first four , with the knees and feet ; or these six , with the speech and mind) L. ([see *ṣṭā*ga-pātam])
(H4) m.
 aṣṭāgapraāma
aṣṭā* ga---praāma [L=20310.2]
prostration of the eight parts of the body (in performing very profound obeisance ; the eight parts are the hands , breast , forehead , eyes , throat , and middle of the back ; or the first four , with the knees and feet ; or these six , with the speech and mind) L.
(H4) m.
 daṇḍapraāma
daṇḍá--praāma [p= 467,1] [L=89656]
a prostration of the body at full length (like a stick) Das3. ii , 29.
(H3) m.






In case you are ever tempted to convert to Hinduism, or take on one of the innumerable religions of India, keep in mind that you will probably never understand the slightest thing about what you are getting into.

Consider this selection from SINGING KRISHNA, in which the devotees cherish the dust raised by Krishna’s feet as he brings the cows home.

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Definition of GROVEL
intransitive verb
1
:
to creep with the face to the ground : crawl
2
a
: to lie or creep with the body prostrate in token of subservience or abasement

b : to abase oneself
3
:
to give oneself over to what is base or unworthy : wallow <groveling in self-pity>
grov·el·er noun
grov·el·ing·ly adverb
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Examples of GROVEL
  • The peasants groveled before the king.
  • He had to grovel to get her to accept his apology.
  • He made a groveling apology to his girlfriend.
Origin of GROVEL
back-formation from groveling prone, from groveling, adverb, from Middle English, from gruf, adverb, on the face (from Old Norse ā grūfu) + -ling