...is the word I was trying to recall.
Firstly my brain came up with 'enchanté'.
But there were no lovely French folk that I was pleased to acquaint myself with.
Next was 'shalom'.
Which was closer, I mean, there's some spirituality involved at least and it's a greeting.
Just no Jews about, so of little value to me at this point.
Keep trying little mind! C'mon, you can do it! I intoned with my best Arnie impression. You're getting closer...!
However, once my brain - synapses sparking with promise and effort - produced 'aspartame' I gave up.
Ah, bugger it.
Some research for you: In Sanskrit the word is namah + te = namaste which means “I bow to you” - my greetings, salutations or prostration to you. The word ‘namaha’ can also be literally interpreted as "na ma" (not mine). Hmm. 'Not mine'. How apt. It has a spiritual significance of negating or reducing one's ego in the presence of another. Indeed, my ego is reduced.
Golly. The power of this Hindu word! Who knew?