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Namaste
 
Namaste is a common spoken greeting or salutation used in India and Nepal. It has multi-religious or else common usage where it may simply mean "I bow to you." The word is derived from Sanskrit namas, to bow, give obeisance or reverential salutation, and te, "to you.
   
 
When spoken to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. This gesture, called Anjali Mudra, can also be performed wordlessly and carries the same meaning.
   
 
Interpretation:
 
The God/Goddess Spirit within me recognizes and honors the God/Goddess Spirit within you.
   
  Mudra of Namaste:
 
Hands are held together at the palms in front of the heart or brow chakra. Head is bowed slightly downward. Eyes are sometimes closed.
   
  Who can Namaste?
 
Namaste can be used as a greeting for all ages, all genders, all races. Namaste greetings can be given to friends, family members, and also strangers.
   
  Uses:
 
In the word namaste there is sandhi, or coalescence, between the two Sanskrit words namah and te, meaning "I bow (reverently) to you." Also common is a polite form using the imperative astu meaning "let there be": namo: stu te literally meaning "let there be a salutation to you.
   
 
This is also the means used by Air India, Thai Airways, Sri Lankan and Air France (on their flights to India) air hostesses to greet passengers and used in other hospitality settings. When the gesture is performed with hands in front of the chest, it is usually considered as aayushman. When the hand position is higher, it usually means reverence and/or worship. The expression with hands placed on top of one's head is usually the sign of utmost reverence or respect.
   
   
 
 
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