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Namaste sign seen upon Ben's arrival.

Namaste (नमस्ते [nʌmʌsˈteː]) is a Sanskrit salutation, frequently accompanied by a pressing together of the palms at the chest and a slight bow. It is commonly used in yogic practice. It is composed of "namas" meaning "obeisance" and "te" meaning "you".[1] Translations range from the more literal "I humble myself to you" to the more poetic "May the good in me honor the good in you" and "My spirit bows to your spirit." Conceptually, speaking "namaste" pays homage to the inner light in all living things.

Commonly written "Namaste", it is pronounced as "Namastay" with the first two a's as the first a in "America" and the ay as in "stay", but with the "t" pronounced soft with the area just behind the tip of the tongue pressing against the upper-front teeth with no air passing (as the t in "tamasha").

—Jai Maharaj

On Lost

Namaste
Pierre Chang gives the signature sign-off at the end of the Pearl Orientation video.
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A polar bear, Buddha, and the word "namaste" appear in the painting Desmond sees in Charles Widmore's office. Some views in the scene show the painting, and therefore the word "namaste", in reverse. ("Flashes Before Your Eyes")

Nama-what?

—Hurley

Epilogue BenSaysNamaste
Ben says goodbye to the two employees at the DHARMA Logistics Warehouse

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Definition

Definition(s) according to Dictionary.com:

"a conventional Hindu expression on meeting or parting, used by the speaker usually while holding the palms together vertically in front of the bosom."
"a bow and gesture of greeting or parting with the palms together in front of the chest; also, expressing respect through this gesture and bow"

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