"....Namaskar is also part of the 16 upacharas used inside temples or any place of formal Puja (worship). Namaste in the context of deity worship, conclude scholars, has the same function as in greeting a guest or anyone else. It expresses politeness, courtesy, honor, and hospitality from one person to the other. This is sometimes expressed, in ancient Hindu scriptures such as Taittiriya Upanishad, as Atithi Devo Bhav (literally, the guest is god)....."Namaste - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I once asked a friend who sometimes used the word to sign off on his journal postings what Namaste means. He or she said: "The God* within me greets the God within you."( Collapse )
The god in me bows to the god in you, Namaste. /\
* Hinduism, i've been told, has thirty million gods; Buddhism, according to the Dalai Lama, has none. Both use "namaste" as a sacred greeting. Go figure. No, don't bother.