Dr. -Ing. C. Venkata Sai KiranBetter Materials for a Better Tomorrow
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC),
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.
In Hindu culture, people greet each other by joining their palms - termed as “Namaskar.” Indians greet each other with Namaste. The two palms are placed together in front of the chest and the head bows whilst saying the word Namaste. This greeting is for all - people younger than us, of our own age, those older than friends, even strangers and us.
There are five forms of formal traditional greeting enjoined in
the shaastras of which namaskaram is one. This is understood as
prostration but it actually refers to paying homage as we do
today when we greet each other with a namaste.
The general reason behind this tradition is that greeting by joining both the palms means respect. However, scientifically speaking, joining both hands ensures joining the tips of all the fingers together; which are denoted to the pressure points of eyes, ears, and mind. Pressing them together is said to activate the pressure points which helps us remember that person for a long time. And, no germs since we don’t make any physical contact!
When we know this significance, our greeting does not remain just a superficial gesture or word but paves the way for a deeper communion with another in an atmosphere of love and respect.