Presentation on theme: "Hinduism: Namaste!"— Presentation transcript:
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.
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
The folded hands indicate a meeting of the minds. The bow shows love, respect, and humility.
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.
Interpretations of Namaste’s Spiritual Meaning I bow to the spark of the divine in you.
Interpretations of Namaste’s Spiritual Meaning I recognize in you a place of peace.
Interpretations of Namaste’s Spiritual Meaning I recognize that you and I are One.
I honour the place in you that is truth and love. Interpretations of Namaste’s Spiritual Meaning
I recognize our equality born from our oneness.
Namaste is an awareness of the Oneness of All.
Hinduism - Introduction
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