Salutation is an integral part of courteous demeanour and is
paramount among human virtues. It includes humility,
respect, reverence, sevā and self-surrender. One should
respectfully bow down to Superiors.
For the vital airs of a young
man mount upwards to leave his body when an elder
approaches; but by rising to meet him and saluting he
recovers them. He who habitually pays reverence to and
constantly serves the aged, obtains an increase of four
things, viz. length of life, knowledge, fame and strength.‟
A scripture named Ahnik Sutravali has elucidated on the virtues of Sāshtānga ors. Thistrait should be inculcated in children from the very early age. In the Indian ethos salutation is not merely a part of etiquette but has religious connotations as well.
Manu Maharaj has said:
„Chest, head, eyes, mind, words, hands, feet and knees – the salutation (pranāma) using these eight (ashta) organs (angas) is called Sāshtānga Pranāma.‟
In Sāshtānga Pranāma, the entire body is in a state of self-surrender and we offerourselves to the Supreme Lord. This is an excellent way of expressing our gratitude toGod. Sāshtānga Pranāma purges our heart of egoism and ill feelings and makes it pious and pure.‟
As per a scripture called: „Paithinasi Kullookbhattiya‟
„One should salute by touching the other one‟s left and right foot with the left and right hand respectively of his own.‟
When the venerable superior places his hand on the head, shoulder or back of the one touching the feet, the electromagnetic energy flowing through both completes a circle.
With this, the virtues and ojas of the superior person start flowing to the other one as well.
We should avail ourselves of this benefit by paying obeisances to parents and noble souls during the days of Diwali. In case of the holy personages who do not let their feet be touched, one should reverentially pay obeisances to them by bowing his head from a
distance so as to be benefited by their pious glance and auspicious resolve