4396Various Definitions for "Eckankar"
- Feb 7, 2009I was somewhat surprised to look
at definitions in the Eckankar dict-
ionary, not only for Eckankar, but I
found definitions for "EK" and "ECK"
as well. The two latter words seemed
to have similar themes in the defin-
ition. The word "Ecstasies" connected
with the definition for "EK" appears
to suggest the Greek root "ek" which
does not appear to mean "one".
Now I am wondering, based on those
definitions, whether the beginning of
the word "Eckankar" has to do with the
idea of "one".
Here is what some have claimed was
Guru Nanak's remarks:
"If there is one God, then there is
only His way to attain Him, not another.
One must follow that way and reject the
other. Worship not him who is born only
to die, but Him who is eternal and is
contained in the whole universe."
Also on the same link:
"There are worlds and more worlds below
them and there are a hundred thousand skies
over them. No one has been able to find the
limits and boundaries of God. If there be
any account of God, than alone the mortal
can write the same; but Gods account does
not finish and the mortal himself dies while
still writing. Nanak says that one should
call Him great, and God Himself knows His
A beginning of Japji I have seen has:
Ek onkar satnam karta purakhu
which according to one report means:
"The One Reality, the True Name, the
Eternal and Creative Source of all,
(Dialogue in the Age of Criticism, Chap.
Another source gives:
"Ek Onkar Satnam Karta Purush Nirbhau
Virvair Akal Murat, Ajuni Saibhang
The English rendering would approx-
There is One and only One God who is
transcendent as well as immanent. True
and Eternal Name. Creator and Person.
Without Fear and without Enmity. Timeless
Form, Unborn, Self-existent. Realized by
By the time Paul Twitchell mentioned
"Eckankar" in 1963 the definition from
his Cliff Hanger article included:
This zany character is called the vanguard
of a new religion entitled "Eckankar," a
Hindu word meaning Union with God.
Here Paul makes it appear as a Hindu
word meaning Union with God. Later, the
definition would take on other meanings
like "co-worker with God", it seems.
I still imagine that earlier idea of
"one" should be in the definition some-
where. I think it might be hinted at in
"Everyone has there own Eckankar."
I wonder if this could suggest every-
one has their own "corporation sole" too?
In a manner of speaking. That the head of
"Eckankar" for evey one individual is ult-
imately their own personal experience and
not necessarily the experiences of others.
Perhaps I shouldn't have to wonder.
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