From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

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


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