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Dear Kiran,

What's the etymology of the latter part of एकाग्रता (ekagrata). I'm aware eka refers to the cardinal one, but I can't find an explanation of "grata." I would venture a guess that it means "point" or "mind" based on its usage in religious texts, but I'm not sure.



The word एकाग्रता is a noun derived from एकाग्र
It splits into एक + अग्र
एक = one and अग्र = point
So taken together the means: 'one point'
Hence the noun formed from it means 'one pointedness'
i.e. concentrating on one point or concentration

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