Namaste’:: A traditional greeting in India and Nepal, it is similar to “aloha” in Hawaiian, as it symbolizes hello, good-bye, blessings, peace, a shared compassion. Typically, the hands are placed palms-together in front of the heart or forehead, eyes are closed briefly, a slight bow is made, and “Namaste’” is spoken. Namaste’ literally means “I bow to you” and it is an  acknowledgment of the Divine in yourself and in the one you are greeting. (Sanskrit: “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you).