Definitions

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  • interj. literally, "I humbly bow to you"; also used as a greeting or acknowledgement of the equality of all, and pays honor to the sacredness of all
  • n. the traditional greeting when saying the word namaste with folded hands and a slight bow
  • n. in yoga, the pose associated with this word, usually with the flat hands held palms together, fingers up, in front of the heart and a slight bow

Etymologies

From Sanskrit नमस्ते (namaste), from नमस् (námas, "bow, obeisance, reverential salutation"), and ते (te, "to you"), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *namas- (“to bow, prostrate”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word namaste is usually accompanied by a gesture: you place your palms together at your heart and bow your head slightly.

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  • And either speaking or thinking the word namaste acts as a mantra, a sound that creates a powerful beneficial effect on your awareness.

    Love For No Reason

  • In India, Hindus welcome each guest into their home with the word namaste.

    The Power of Vastu Living

  • It's a brand name, the word namaste, the simple gesture with joined palms that seems to say, "Yes, this is India and I am 100 per cent Indian".

    The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) - Frontpage

  • At the end of Fulop's class, smiles spread across the students' faces as they bring their hands together in a prayer position and say "namaste" - a traditional salutation often said at the close of yoga classes.

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  • The term and action "namaste" - a greeting-is formed by pressing the palms together

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  • The traditional Hindu greeting of namaste, which is said with two palms held together out of respect for the recipient, is a blessing that honors the divine that exists within each of us.

    The Power of Vastu Living

  • When Mistry folds his hands in "namaste" fashion, the system opens a menu to allow him to choose an application.

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  • If you have read enough of his comments and there are certainly a lot of them, you'll have noticed that there's a deep nasty streak underneath all the "namaste" crap.

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  • For example, if a Hindi speaker types "namaste" we will transliterate this to "नमस्ते."

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  • It reminds me of the following excerpt from "Guards! Guards!". It's a conversation in the dwarves' Old Tongue.

    A battered tankard bounced off his breastplate. Carrot reached down and picked up a struggling figure, without apparent effort.
    "J'uk, ydtruz-t'rud-eztuza, hudr'zd dezek drez'huk, huzu-kruk't b'tduz g'ke'k me'ek b'tduz t' be'tk kce'drutk ke'hkt'd. aaDb'thuk?"*

    *"Listen, sunshine lit: "the stare of the great hot eye in the sky whose fiery gaze penetrates the mouth of the cavern" I don't want to have to give anyone a smacking, so if you play B'tduz** with me, I'll play B'tduz with you. Okay?"***

    **A popular dwarfish game which consists of standing a few feet apart and throwing large rocks at one another's head.

    *** Lit. "All correctly beamed and propped?"

    February 11, 2010

  • Ugly little word. I couldn't say it with a straight face. Perhaps while pretending to pick a sunflower seed out of my teeth as I watch an Aboriginal woman break bottles on the footpath across the road.

    February 11, 2010

  • Traditionally said at the end of a yoga class, I've heard this sanskrit word translated as "the light in me salutes the light in you" or "the divine in me honors the divine in you"

    February 11, 2010

  • Namaste

    March 25, 2009

  • Namaste

    February 8, 2009