Ekāntadharma

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Ekantadharma, EkAntadharma, Ekaantadharma


Ekāntadharma literally means ‘a dharma which has only one end’.

The greatest devotees are referred to as ‘ekāntins’ in devotional scriptures such as the Nārada Bhaktisutras [1]. This means that their only aim of life is God (eka = one, anta = end). Their devotion and consequent characteristics can be described as ‘ekāntadharma’. Some of these qualities are:

  • Shedding tears in the name of God
  • Overcome by devotion
  • Hearty conversations with other devotees on topics related to God and spiritual disciplines
  • Visiting places of pilgrimage
  • Performing scripture-ordained actions as a model for others
  • Deep immersion in the thoughts of God
  • Not making any distinction based on caste, learning, pedigree and wealth while dealing with others


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore