greetings to you
So all together, namaste literally means "greetings to you." In the Vedas, namaste mostly occurs as a salutation to a divinity. But the use and meaning have evolved. Today, among Hindi speakers throughout the world, namaste is a simple greeting to say hello.
In Hindi and a number of other languages derived from Sanskrit, namaste is basically a respectful way of saying hello and also goodbye. Today, namaste has been adopted into the English language, along with other words from non-English sources. Many words, when borrowed, keep their spelling but acquire new meanings.
'Namaste' is better than another form of greeting 'how are you' – kaisa ho, kem cho or kasa kay or Kemon achhen etc. The greeting 'how are you' is normally not with literal meaning, the expected response is 'I am fine'.
Namaste is a phrase commonly used at the end of a yoga class generally meaning the light in me honors the light in you. So “namast'ay in bed” is a pun off of that word.
Namaste is a common spoken valediction or salutation originating from the Hindus and Buddhists in the Indian Subcontinent and also in Japan. It is a customary greeting when individuals meet, and a valediction upon their parting.
I bow to you
It's a Sanskrit phrase that means "I bow to you." You place hands together at the heart, close your eyes and bow.
Namaste is a greeting in Indian languages. Not Buddhist. However, Buddhists that speak Hindu languages such as Nepali, Hindi, etc… will say “Namaste”, but not because they are Buddhist, but because that is how to say “hello” in the language of they speak.
Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest. This gesture is called añjali mudrā; the standing posture incorporating it is pranamasana.
The word comes from Sanskrit and literally means “bowing to you” or “I bow to you,” and is used as a greeting. Sanskrit is the ancient and classical literary language of Hinduism which today serves as a learned language and lingua franca among scholars.
Namaskar, Namaskaram and Nomoskar are some of the variants of Namaste. Usage of these variants depends upon region and community. Namaskaram is more common in the southern parts of India and Nomoshte is mainly used in West Bengal and its neighbouring regions.
Namaste – is the traditional way of greeting people that has been in practice for so long across most local traditions of the Indian heritage. To greet someone in this fashion, you just have to join both the palms together in a worshipful pose and say 'Namaste'.