“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin
When I was in college, I lived in a dormitory run by Catholic nuns. There, I came to know Sr. Lourdes who would greet me by clasping both her hands to her chest and bowing her head while saying, “Namaste.” I knew Sr. Lourdes is from India so I did not give her greeting much thought as I saw it as her way of greeting me the traditional Indian way.
One day, we bumped into each other in the foyer. She greeted me in the same way and I greeted her back by smiling. She then asked me, “Do you know what ‘Namaste’ means?” I nodded and said, “I think it is the traditional way of greeting in India, Sister.” She smiled and nodded. “You know,” she continued. “It is more than that. It means ‘I see God in you.’ ” Simply put, I was dumbstruck.