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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Showing respect for elders


               In the Indian culture, respect for elders is a major expectation, requirement and a tradition. I did not know, until recently, that this is so important that it has been codified into FIVE specific forms:

Getting up, if you are sitting (prathuthana)

Greeting with folded palms   (the classic Indian Namasthe greeting) (namaskar)

Touching the feet (Upasangraha)

Prostration (sashtaanga)

Returning the gesture (prathyabhivaadana)