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1 Hinduism: Namaste!

2 What is Namaste? Namaste is a Sanskrit word that means “I bow to you.” Namaste is a way of greeting others with respect. For Hindus, it is a divine blessing that honours the sacredness and equality of the other.

3 The Gestures of Namaste Greeting someone using Namaste also includes body gestures: – Arms are bent upward from the elbow – Palms are together as in prayer and in front of the chest – As the word “Namaste” is spoken, bow slightly from the waist

4 The folded hands indicate a meeting of the minds. The bow shows love, respect, and humility.

5 Namaste’s Spiritual Meaning Hindus use this form of greeting in prayer. In Hinduism, Namaste has a spiritual meaning. It expresses a belief in a common thread that unites all things: consciousness. There are many interpretations of the spiritual meaning of Namaste.

6 Interpretations of Namaste’s Spiritual Meaning I bow to the spark of the divine in you.

7 Interpretations of Namaste’s Spiritual Meaning I recognize in you a place of peace.

8 Interpretations of Namaste’s Spiritual Meaning I recognize that you and I are One.

9 I honour the place in you that is truth and love. Interpretations of Namaste’s Spiritual Meaning

10 I recognize our equality born from our oneness.

11 Namaste is an awareness of the Oneness of All.

12 Hinduism - Introduction

13 Blind Men and the Elephant by John G. Saxe ( )

14 Randall Niles (from 2:04)

15 What does this parable reveal about truth? What do you think it reveals about the Hindu view of God? The Blind Men and the Elephant

16 World religions Text book: Read The Story of Hinduism – pages together Begin Work Sheets

17 Crash Course: World History (Indus Valley Civilization)


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