Why do we do Namaste?

Most traditional Indians greet each other with a namaste. This greeting is used whenever we meet and greet anyone – irrespective of age or relationship – family or strangers. The two palms are joined together in front of the chest and the head bowed whilst saying the word Namaste or Namaskaram.

Namaste could be a casual or formal greeting, depending on the cultural milieu. Namaste could also be part of the act of worship. In Sanskrit the words namah (I bow) and te(to you) come together to form the word Namaste. It conveys a greeting, salutations or prostration to you. The joined palms also symbolise a hope that the meeting with another will be a meeting of minds and in friendship too – a deeper and more meaningful gesture than just a superficial meeting. Our understanding of this will make us more aware of our commitment to make each meeting a communion of minds with love and respect, rather than just a fleeting ephemeral meeting.

NAMASTE TO ALL OUR VISITORS. May we meet as friends and develop a longstanding relationship which is mutually enriching.

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