By Ramya

What is Namaste:-

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  • NAMASTE is an Indian welcoming word to pay respect.
  • Namaskar, also known as Namaste, is a form of greeting     practiced most in the Indian Subcontinent.
  • What does Namaste mean? ‘Nama’ means bow, ‘Namas’ means I, and ‘Te’ means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means, “I bow to you.”
  • It is used both while greeting and upon parting company. When a person greets another with Namaskar, the greeting is accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards and closely positioned in front of the chest. Along with this, the word ‘Namaskar’ or ‘Namaste’ is said to the person who is being greeted.

 Spiritual perspective on greeting: –

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  • ‘Namaskar’ is a Sanskrit word which is derived from another Sanskrit word ‘Namaha’, which means paying obeisance.
  • According to Sanatana Dharmam (Hinduism), within each of us there exists the Divine power (God Principle) known as the soul (atma). The greeting of Namaskar is when the Soul in one person acknowledges and pays obeisance to the Soul in another.

 

 

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