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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 enl…

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Callewaerts, Winand, “Sants”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 01 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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