NamasteMark Hayes - Holmes Street Publishing
The word "namaste" (pronounced nah-mah-STAY) comes from Sanskrit, the classical and spiritual language of India. It is a customary greeting often accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that connects us. We acknowledge or "bow" to that divine spark in each other as a sign of affirmation and respect. As a point of spiritual practice, we try to see the divine image in everyone, especially people who are different from us or people we don't like. Romans 12:10 tells us, "Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself."