Updated: May 10, 2021
With the ubiquitous physical distancing around, Namaste has returned to be the new greeting. Namaste is performed by joining both hands together and a slight bow. But what is the significance of this greeting? There are several meanings to Namaste
Derived from the Sanskrit language, Namaste is formed by joining two words, namas and te. 'Namas' means 'bow', 'adorations', 'obeisance', and 'salutation'; and 'te' means 'to you'. Therefore, the literal meaning of Namaste is 'bowing to you'. Namaste is offered as a sign of respect. It is to say, I bow to the divine spirit in you. By practicing this, we are trained to look at the positive qualities of a person.
According to Ayurveda, each finger represents a primordial element (from the pancha mahabhutas). So, when you are bringing the fingers together, you are balancing all the elements in your body.
There are some significant marma points at the tip of your fingers and some on the mounds of your palm. When you are offering namaste, the marma points are initiated and can work wonders within.
When you are joining your left and right hand together, you are balancing your feminine and masculine energies and are also activating the right and left sides of the brain.
Unlike a handshake, you are not touching the other person, and so there is no energy exchange. You keep your energy and they keep theirs with them
And we all now know how to keep our microbes to our-self without exchanging them 😉