What can we know about the Namaste greeting?
All over the world, each ethnic denomination has its own culture. You have probably heard this expression somewhere but you don't know what it means. You will understand better what is meant by Namaste in the following paragraphs.
Namaste: what is it and what is its origin
. The Namaste greeting is most commonly used in the sport of yoga. It is the main slogan in this sport we can say. As for its origin, the traditional greeting is pronounced in the Indian language. It is formed by a radical ''Namah'' and a suffix ''Aste''. Namah etymologically means "I bow respectfully to you" and Aste means "Let there be". For more details on the etymological explanation of the phrase Namaste,check here. To greet in India with the expression, it must be accompanied by a gesture that exactly matches the literal explanation according to its origin. The gesture consists in fact of putting or pressing both hands against the chest, juxtaposing them face to face and then tilting the head down a bit. It is a cultural practice that all the inhabitants of India adopt. But, it must be understood that Namaste has a spiritual meaning.
What is the meaning of Namaste in the spiritual sense?
In the country of origin of this culture, the Namaste greeting is a simple way of saying hello and exchanging greetings for the day ahead. It is not magic or an evil expression. As far as the spiritual explanation of Namaste is concerned, it is an expression that acts between two people as a place of indestructible friendship. It is considered in this sense as a spiritual bond between those who greet each other with this expression. On the other hand, today, several meanings are attributed to this expression in each culture. So, Namaste can mean: ''I honor the place in you that is love, light and peace''; ''I bow to the divine in you''; ''We are one''; ''The light in me honors the light in you''.