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'Namaste' or 'namaskar' is the Hindu way of greeting each other. It is not a superficial gesture or mere word, but has deep spiritual significance. When we greet one another with namaste, it means, 'may our minds meet', indicated by the folded palms placed before the chest.

Namaste (Sanskrit namah + te = namaste or "I bow to you") and its variants is one of the five forms of formal traditional greeting according to the Vedas. This refers to paying homage or showing respect to one another when we greet each other. The word 'namaha' can also be  interpreted as "na ma" (not mine). It has a spiritual significance of negating or reducing one's ego in the presence of another.

Namaste also has a deeper spiritual significance. It recognizes the belief that the life force, the divinity, the Self or the God in me is the same in all. Acknowledging this oneness with the meeting of the palms, we honor the god in the person we meet. That is the essence of Hinduism. Read more...

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July 20, 2008 at 9:51 am
(1) Arvind Agarwal says:

Namaskar means transferring positive energy to the being and on reciprocal same energy our being accept.

July 24, 2008 at 6:00 am
(2) Aupmanyav says:

‘Namah+te, the literal meaning is ‘I salute you’.

July 26, 2008 at 10:33 am
(3) DEV RAJ SHARMA, KADUNA, NIGERIA says:

NAMASTE! IT IS MADE OF TWO SANSKRIT WORDS. NAMAH+TE= NAMASTE. MEANING OF NAMAH MEANS TO SALUTE WITH PURITY. AND TE MEANS PLRAL OF HE I.E. THEY. THE QUESTION HERE IS WHAT WE MEAN BY THEY? IT MEANS THE PERSON IN YOU + THE GOD WHO RESIDES IN YOU. THAT IS WHY WE SAY NAMASTE. MEANING SALUTATIONS TO YOURSELF AND THE GOD AT THE SAME TIME.

SO, WE SHOULD SAY IT FROM OUR HEART AND NOT BY TONGUE ALONE. IT HAS REALLY DEEP SPIRITUAL SENSE. JUST BY SAYING NAMASTE IN A GOOD WAY YOU CAN WIN HEART OF MANY.

SO ONCE AGAIN NAMASTE TO ALL OF YOU WHO READ THIS.

May 1, 2012 at 4:47 am
(4) A Padmakumar says:

namaste to all….

May 2, 2012 at 11:41 am
(5) swami bhushan haranand saraswati mahakal says:

Namastey,is uniting not only y but others who comes in yr contact.it is beyond thinking of your.it gives a message be pure with yr heart n soul n then say Namastey.

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