Namaste is commonly used as both a greeting and a parting phrase. It means: “I bow to the divinity within you.”


A Dharmic civilization is one which recognizes order in existence and is oriented towards coordinated living and coexistence (with everything, including one’s immediate community, all of humanity, all living entities and biological systems, and all of existence beyond).

Technically, they are interchangeable, because the Dharmic civilization was given the name “Hindu” due to its proximity to the “Sindhu” river. But over time, ‘Hindu’ has become the colloquial term for the Vedic traditions specifically, while “Dharmic” remains all-encompassing of the other Dharmic traditions like Buddhism and Jainism.

Namah literally means to bow, However, the deeply spiritual nature of Dharmic civilization meant that “namah” often used as a bow to divinity was also used to greet people.

Anyone who understands this meaning of the term should feel free to use it as they please.

Understandably, yoga groups have more exposure to Hindu concepts and practices. Given that yoga is the process of uniting the individual self with the Divine self, the recognition of divinity in one another is deeply related to the practice.

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