Society of Abidance in Truth
   The Society of Abidance in Truth (SAT) was formed in 1974 by devotees of RAMANA Maharshi (1879–1950). The purpose of the nonprofit soci-ety is to disseminate the teachings of ADVAITA (non-dual) VEDANTA. SAT follows two ancient traditions with roots in India and China. These include the wisdom originally found in the VEDAS and codified in the 19th century as the SANATANA DHARMA, and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhism, as devel-oped during China’s T’ang dynasty. Following the knowledge imparted by Ramana Maharshi, the society emphasizes self-inquiry and self-knowledge to further the realization that no difference exists between one’s nature and the absolute. The teachings proclaim that the true identity of self resides in God. The society does not observe any religious ritual, formal medita-tive technique, or code of conduct. Rather, SAT relies on developing skills of self-observation so that one can experience the unity of self and the highest divinity. SAT holds that in awakening to true formless nature one will find peace, happi-ness, and freedom.
   Nome and Russell Smith, who have back-grounds in advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism, respectively, offer spiritual leadership, weekly teaching sessions, and satsangs (meetings) in Santa Cruz, California. SAT publishes translations of ancient SANSKRIT texts and books relating to Ramana Maharshi’s life. Membership is primar-ily concentrated in Santa Cruz, but devotees are present throughout the world. SAT welcomes the general public to participate in its events.
   Further reading: The Journey Home (Santa Cruz, Calif.: Avadhut, 1986); Ramana Maharshi, Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi (Boston: Arkana, 1975); ———, The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi (Berkeley: Shambala, 1972); ———, Teach-ings of Ramana Maharshi (Madras: Affiliated East-West Press, 1990).

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