Meaning of Námaste

What is Námaste:

Námaste is a greeting that is said at the beginning and end of a conversation, such as "hello" and "bye", to say hello or goodbye. It is in common use in South Asia, especially in countries like India and Nepal by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists.

This voice, as such, comes from Sanskrit and is made up of the word namas, which means 'reverence, adoration', and tea (from the personal pronoun You am, which means 'you', 'you'), which translates 'to you' or 'to you'. Thus, literally, námaste means 'I revere you' or 'I bow down to you', and it is the most worthy form of greeting from one human being to another.

In Indian and Nepalese culture, to express this greeting, a gesture is made with the hands open and together, in front of the chest, with a slight bow of the head, without having to say anything. This gesture expresses a great sense of respect, invokes the idea that all people share the same divine essence, the same energy, the same universe, so that words and actions have a very strong pacifying force.

Another way to do this greeting is by putting both hands together in front of the forehead, while if it is a reverence to a god or holiness, the hands are placed completely above the head.

In some parts of India like, for example, in the area where the Punjabi language is spoken, námaste is used not only to greet Hindus, but for the whole world and is accepted in all religions.

See also Reverence.

Námaste in yoga

The word namaste, as a greeting, is commonly used among those who practice yoga, a discipline from India. It is interpreted as an expression of greeting or good wishes. The gesture itself means 'I bow to you'.

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