Namaste!

There is a wide gamut of greeting-styles all round the world, ranging from common handshake to other rituals practiced in some countries. 'Namaste' is also one such style, practiced at various places, and carries a deep meaning with it. It is widely used even far beyond its South Asian origins. Let's know about the various perspectives associated with this greeting style.

THE MEANING OF NAMASTE OR NAMASKAR

Namaste or Namaskar is a Sanskrit word originated from another Sanskrit word “Namaha” which means obedience. 'Namaste' is also a combination of two Sanskrit words “Namah” and “te” where ‘Namah’ means 'bow', 'obeisance', 'reverential salutation' or 'adoration' and ‘te’ means 'to you'. Therefore, Namaste, in literal terms, means "bowing to you". It is also said that Namaskar, which is another equivalent expression for Namaste, is derived from 'namoh' and 'sanskar', which together mean– “I bow to godly/good qualities within you.”

To know How to do a perfect Namaskar? What are the yogic, health, scientific and spiritual perspectives of Namaskar… Read the complete article in Nov’20 edition of English Akhand Gyan Monthly Magazine. 

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