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What do "dasa," "das," and "dasi" mean? Is it a surname?

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"Dasa" is not exactly a surname. . .it's more of a modifier. "Ekendra" is Sanskrit for the One (Eka-) Lord (-indra), and "dasa" is Sanskrit for "servant of." So at the time of initiation (similar to confirmation—a name giving ceremony) we all get a name of God with "dasa" at the end, lest we forget who we are (servants of God).