Why do Hindus say Namaste?

Hindus greet with two palms placed together in front of the chest and says namaste bowing the head and shoulders slightly. In Sanskrit, ‘namaste’ means ‘I bow to you.’ On the spiritual plane, it is a negation of one’s ego. Hindu religion believes that Brahman, the Supreme Soul, exists in all animate and inanimate. The folded palms placed before the chest symbolizes that the divinity in me and you are the same. The bowing down of the head and closing the eyes is worshipping the divinity in you.

Some Hindus prefer to use ‘Ram Ram’ instead of ‘namaste’ and this again is recognizing that the life force in me and you are the same. In the various regional languages in India, Namaste becomes ‘Namaskar,’ ‘Namaskaram,’and ‘Namaskara.’