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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 stat…

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Winand Callewaerts, “Sants”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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