In India, many people greet each other with the words "Namaste" - this is joined usually by a slight bow and palms touching in front, sort of like a prayer gesture.
Namaste means - literally - I bow to you - but the way it's used - or the meaning behind it I suppose - is "I bow to God in you" or "I bow to that in you which is God".
Many people in spiritual circles have adopted this expression and use it constantly - I would reckon many don't truly understand the significance. IF they did, their search would be over instantaneously. To most, especially in the West, it's just another thing, along with beads and chants, to feel more spiritual.
What are they really saying, when they are addressing someone with the expression "Namaste"? Aren't they saying - there is some part of you that is God - there is some part of you that is Essence or Absolute or whatever word we want to use for that Divinity? And if everyone can be addressed with "Namaste", aren't we really saying that everyone has that Divinity as part of what they are?
Now if everyone is part Divinity, what is the remainder? Is it like a mixed drink - I'd like a whiskey and coke? So I'm part Divinity and part an individual entity which was created and stand alone apart from everything else? Wouldn't the Divine include everything else which might be included? Is there a partial Divine? A partial Wholeness? Ha! So sort of by definition, that Divinity INCLUDES that hint of the individual, the feeling of individuality or the mechanism BY WHICH the Divine is aware of this whole thing - the experience we call "world".
This expression "Namaste" honors the individual, which is an expression of the Divinity - and points to the fact that IN ESSENCE - you are that Divinity - that Divinity is addressing itself in this way, yes?
So this expression is a teaching - actually a potent pointer - when grasped it can eradicate the idea of the individuality as what-you-are and point towards the fact that you are THAT ESSENCE itself, that Divinity, that FROM WHICH the individual comes and goes. So the Indians, even if they don't understand it, are pointing towards that simple recognition each time.
Namaste, my friends.