I have noticed so many people from all over the world utilizing this sacred greeting originating in India. I thought it would be a great idea to write a small blog on its meaning.
From the ancient sanskrit, its meaning is quite profound.
An Indian greeting, simply translated, "I bow to the divine in you"; from the root words:
Namas - bow, reverential salutation (from "Nam" - humbly submitting)
Te - to you, acknowledging the divine presence in another.
Traditionally said while bringing the palms together at the heart in prayer position and lightly bowing the head
The traditional Indian form of salutation, a respectful greeting recognizing the equality of all and the sacredness of all. "The God/Goddess in me greets the God/Goddess in you." The gesture (mudra) of namaste is made by bringing together both palms of the hands before the heart.
One beautiful interpretation: I honor that place in you where the whole Universe resides. And when I am in that place in me and you are in that place in you, there is only one of us.
The light within me honors the light within you.