We were delighted on September 15 to have a visitor from the Rotary Friendship Exchange who happened to be the guest of Blaine Peterson.  Mukul Gupta spoke to our club about India.  We learned a lot about the country, including economics, religions, regions, culture, food, and more along with wonderful photographs.  Mukul shared with us their practice of saying Namaste:  

How to Namaste

Bend the arms from the elbow upwards and face the two palms of the hands. Place the two palms together and keep the folded palms in front of the chest. Utter the word namaste and while saying the word bow the head slightly.

Why Namaste?

Namaste could be just a casual or formal greeting, a cultural convention or an act of worship. However, there is much more to it than meets the eye. The real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds. When we greet one another with namaste, it means, ‘may our minds meet’, indicated by the folded palms placed before the chest. The bowing down of the head is a gracious form of extending friendship in love, respect, and humility.

Spiritual Significance of Namaste

The reason why we do namaste has a deeper spiritual significance. It recognizes the belief that the life force, the divinity, the Self or the God in me is the same in all. Acknowledging this oneness with the meeting of the palms, we honor the god in the person we meet.


We also had the honor of doing a banner exchange.  Mukluk is a member of the Rotary Club of Sahibabad: