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Sants are not saints (derived from Lat. sanctus, holy). Derived from the Sanskrit sat (truth, real being), its root meaning is “one who knows the truth” or “one who has experienced the ultimate reality,” that is, a person who has achieved a state of spiritual enlightenm…

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Callewaerts, Winand, “Sants”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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