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We speak for the creator

I love Sanskrit words though I don't speak or write Sanskrit. Sure, I can read it, but that's really cheating because Sanskrit uses the same script as my mother tongue Marathi and shares many root words with it, as Latin does with English. 

A Sanskrit (and Marathi) word that I love is namaste

It is three syllables long and pronounced num-must-tey. Or if you prefer, the syllables rhyme as follows

1st syllable rhymes with come
2nd syllable is simply the word must
3rd syllable rhymes with say

(Not naa-must-tey nor num-mast-tey)

So what I want to say about this wonderful word is that looking at its roots fascinates me. That's because 

namas means to bow, and
te means to you

As you know the word is not said as a command. When I say namaste I am not asking you to bow. The word is said as a greeting, so when I say namaste to you, I am saying, 

bow to you

and there is no I involved! Who bows to you when the I is absent? 

No one. 

When it is no one doing the bowing it must be the all doing the bowing. 

The all is the creator.

We speak for the creator when we greet everyone, wish everyone well, love one another.

Namaste!

Abhay

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