“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Namaste (/ˈnɑːməsteɪ/ nah-məs-tay; Hindi: [nəməsteː]; Namaskar, Namaskaram) is a customary greeting when individuals meet and a farewell when they part. It is a form of greeting commonly found among people of South Asia, in some Southeast Asian countries, and diaspora from these regions. Namaste is 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 Mudrāor Pranamasana. In Hinduism it means “I bow to the divine in you.”
Namaste is typically spoken and performed with pressed hand gesture, but it may also be spoken without acting it out or performed wordlessly; all three carry the same meaning. This cultural practice of salutation and valediction originated in the Indian subcontinent.
Guest is God
Atithi Devo Bhavah (Sanskrit : अतिथि देवो भवः; English: ‘The guest is God’ or ‘Guest become God’) is a Sanskrit verse, taken from an ancient Vedic scripture which became part of the “code of conduct” for Indian society. Atithi devo bhav regards a procedure of the Host-Guest relationship.
Tithi in Sanskrit denotes a (calendrical) date. In ancient times, when means of communication were limited and it was not possible for guests to anticipate their date of arrival, atithi (which literally means “without a fixed calendrical time”) was coined to depict a visiting person who had no fixed date of arrival or departure. Devah / devo means God and bhava means Be or Is – “be the one for whom the Guest is God”.
Guest is God The mantras are from the Taittiriya Upanishad, Shikshavalli I.20 that says: matrudevo bhava, pitrudevo bhava, acharyadevo bhava, atithidevo bhava. It literally means “be one for whom the Mother is God, be one for whom the Father is God, be one for whom the Teacher is God, be one for whom the guest is God.”
“Come and taste Indian hospitality”