Ekanta, aka: Ekānta, Eka-anta; 8 Definition(s)


Ekanta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Ekānta (एकान्त) refers to “conclusion” and is the name of a yukti, or ‘technical division’, according to which the contents of the Arthaśāstra by Cāṇakya are grouped. Cāṇakya (4th-century BCE), aka Kauṭilya, was the chief minister of Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of the famous Maurya Empire.

Source: Wisdom Library: Arthaśāstra
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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Ekānta (एकान्त).—Part, portion. Augments or Āgamas in the Vyākaraṇa Śāstra are looked upon as forming a part of the word to which they are attached; cf. अथ यस्यानुबन्ध आसज्यते, किं स तस्य एकान्तो भवति आहोस्विदनेकान्तः । एकान्तस्तत्रेपलब्धेः । (atha yasyānubandha āsajyate, kiṃ sa tasya ekānto bhavati āhosvidanekāntaḥ | ekāntastatrepalabdheḥ |) M. Bh. on I.3.9, Vārt.9; cf. also एकान्ताः (ekāntāḥ) Par. Śek. Pari, 5.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Ekānta (एकान्त) refers to “absolutistic attitude” and represents one of the five types of “wrong belief derived from teachings” (grahīta), itself representing one of the two types of mithyādarśana (wrong belief) which is one of the five causes of bondage (bandha) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 8.1.—What is meant by absolutistic wrong belief (ekānta)? To think of an entity with multiple attributes as having just one attribute is monistic view wrong belief e.g. an entity is only permanent or is just impermanent. 

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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ekanta : (adj.) sure; unfailing; extreme.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Ekanta, (adj.) (Sk. ekānta) one-sided, on one end, with one top, topmost (°-) usually in function of an adv. as °-, meaning “absolutely, extremely, extraordinary, quite” etc. ‹-› 1. (lit.) at one end, only in °lomin a woollen coverlet with a fringe at one end D.I, 7 (= ekato dasaṃ uṇṇāmay’attharaṇaṃ keci ekato uggata-pupphan ti vadanti DA.I, 87); Vin.I, 192; II, 163, 169; A.I, 181.—2. (fig.) extremely, very much, in freq. combns; e.g. °kāḷaka A.III, 406; IV, 11; °gata S.V, 225; A.III, 326; °dukkha M.I, 74; S.II, 173; III, 70 (+ sukha); A.V, 289; °dussīlya DhA.III, 153; °nibbida A.III, 83; IV, 143; °paripuṇṇa S.II, 219; V, 204; °manāpa S.IV, 238; °sukha A.II, 231; III, 409; °sukhin DA.I, 119 etc. (Page 160)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

ēkānta (एकांत).—m (S) A private place. 2 A private consultation or conference.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ēkānta (एकांत).—m A private place. A private con- sultation or conference.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ekānta (एकान्त).—a.

1) solitary, retired.

2) aside, apart.

3) directed towards one point or object only.

4) excessive, great; °शैत्यात्- कदलीविशेषाः (śaityāt- kadalīviśeṣāḥ) Ku.1.36.

5) worshipping only one; devoted to only one (ekaniṣṭha); एकान्तजनप्रियः (ekāntajanapriyaḥ) Bhāg.8.24.31.

6) absolute, invariable, perpetual; स्वायत्तमेकान्तगुणम् (svāyattamekāntaguṇam) Bh.2.7; कस्यैकान्तं सुखमुपगतम् (kasyaikāntaṃ sukhamupagatam) Me.111. (-taḥ) 1 a lonely or retired place, solitude; तासामेकान्तविन्यस्ते शयानां शयने द्युमे (tāsāmekāntavinyaste śayānāṃ śayane dyume) Rām.5.1.5. व्योम° विहारिणः (vyoma° vihāriṇaḥ) Pt.2.2; H.1.49.

2) exclusiveness.

3) an invariable rule or course of conduct or action; तस्मादेकान्तमासाद्य (tasmādekāntamāsādya) Pt.3.7.

4) exclusive aim or boundary.

-tam an exclusive recourse, a settled rule or principle; तेजः क्षमा वा नैकान्तं काल- ज्ञस्य महीपतेः (tejaḥ kṣamā vā naikāntaṃ kāla- jñasya mahīpateḥ) Śi.2.83.

-tam, -tena, -tataḥ, -te ind.

Ekānta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and anta (अन्त).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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