inspiration for today was found on my igoogle homepage*.
here's dictionary.com's take on namaste which was today's word of the day:
namaste \ NUHM-uh-stey \ noun;
1. A conventional Hindu expression on meeting or parting, used by the speaker usually while holding the palms together vertically in front of the bosom.
2. A conventional Hindu expression on meeting or parting, frequently a part of yoga practice.
He made a little namaste at Mamaji, hands pressed together at his chest, a small hint of a bow.-- Cory Doctorow, For the Win
People emerged from the masjids and mandirs, shops and houses, with faces seemingly devoid of any impulse to offer salaam or namaste , or to smile.-- Moazzam Sheikh, The idol lover and other stories of Pakistan
Namaste has become popular in English as a result of yoga. The Hindi word derives from Sanskrit, namas , "bowing," and te , "to you."
over the years I've run across many different takes and definitions of namaste. here's one that strikes a nice chord in me:
I honor that place in you, where the whole Universe resides. And when I am in that place in me and you are in that place in you, there is only one of us.
* igoogle allows folks to customize their homepage - what's on your homepage? maybe for tomorrow I'll post a snap of what's on mine!
how about a little bollywood from the 2005 movie salaam namaste
photo: statue of ganesha, the elephant-headed god. in the hindu pantheon each deity has an animal companion or vehicle to aid them in mythic exploits and in earthly temples. you will note that ganesha rides upon a mouse, mooshika, who helps ganesha as he can gnaw through any obstacles. rubin museum, nyc, october 2009