Eka Sarana Hari Nama—The Religion of Sankaradeva

The name of the religion propagated by Sankaradeva is Eka Sarana Hari Nama (IAST: eka śaraṇa hari nāma ; AS: এক শৰণ হৰি নাম), also referred to as Mahapurusism. According to Madhavadeva, he (Sankaradeva) had revealed eka śaraṇa hari nāma which is the ‘king of all dharmas.’ Sankaradeva’s eka śaraṇa is rooted in the Bhagavad Gita (18.66) and the Bhagavata Purana (11.12.14-15).

Eka sarana means taking sole-refuge in Krsna (Hari). According to Sankaradeva, only by taking sole-refuge in Krsna and singing (kīrttana) and listening to (śravaṇa) his names and glories would the embodied self (jīva) obtain release from the nescience (avidyā) wrought by primal matter (māyā) and not otherwise.

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