Namaste implies an awareness of one's own and everyone else's perfection - Buddhanature.
"I am that" gets far less attention, but is equally important - accepting one's own and everyone else's imperfection - human nature. Wabi Sabi. We all have much to be humble about.
Respected teachers have said that there is no such thing as an enlightened state, only enlightened behavior. The process of integrating one's spiritual experiences into daily life is considered to be a life-long process.
"You are perfect as you are. Try harder!"
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