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The health authorities issued many precautionary measures and one among them being avoiding direct physical contact with others. The western-style greeting with hello followed by a hand shake, Modi-style full body embrace which PM Sri Modiji developed on his frequent overseas trips and a sort of bear-hug for which some foreign leaders are famous, are not encouraged in this hour of panic and anxiety. Health authorities say that greeting styles mentioned above may facilitate the danger of catching infection because of body contact if it is present on other person’s hands, etc. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is promoting namaste at this crucial juncture, as greeting without physical contact is a safe way to interact with others to keep the friendship and cooperation warm.
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What is quite interesting is in the wake of Corona virus attack across the globe, responsible world leaders do not want to take any chances and shun western-style greetings and a warm handshake. The leaders and other people in public now follow what Indians in the Indian subcontinent have been practicing for several centuries, ''Namasthe'', a common way of greeting gestured by natives across India.
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In Hinduism, it means "I bow to the divine in you". Namaste may also be spoken without the gesture, or the gesture may be performed wordlessly. The word is a combination of two Sanskrit words - Nama, meaning bow and te, meaning you. Namaste is basically a gesture of saying that “I honor the spirit in you which is also in me”. Namaste an important part of Surya Namaskar, an essential asana that helps lose weight, ensures regular menstrual cycle, helps your body detox and has many other benefits.
The subtle act of Namaste is it is about joining both hands together, finger to finger. This in total, involves ten fingers. The number ten is said to be a number of perfection and it inspires a sense of spiritual mystery of completion and unity. It isn’t just Hinduism alone and most of the ancient traditions of many religions gave importance to the mystical value of number ten, which is achieved when namaste is done.
If you want to define it from a divine angle to namaste, it is said that the world nama indicates the term ‘not mine’ which means that the soul of each human being is controlled by one Supreme Soul. The action of namaste helps recognize the divine glimmer in another person. The message behind namaste is “The God in me greets the God in you. The spirit in me meets the spirit in you............... (”https://www.shethepeople.tv/blog/coronavirus-namaste-world-leaders-greet).
Of late the US President Donald Trump tweeted how he greeted the PM of Ireland with a namaste. President of France, Emmanuel Macron decided to greet all his counterparts with a namaste too. In line with him is Prince Charles, who was seen greeting people with a namaste, following a precautionary measure against corona virus. So it’s no more ‘hello’, but ‘namaste’. US President Donald Trump and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar greeted each other in the traditional Indian way of ''namaste'' and bowed to each other at the Oval Office on Thursday while saying they can't afford to shake hands amid corona virus outbreak. The ''namasthe'' greeting of
US President Donald Trump and Prince Charles hogged the lime light and had gone viral.