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AKA  SAT Temple
Santa Cruz, CA

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Society of Abidance in Truth Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/11/2014: Society of Abidance in Truth

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: SOCIETY OF ABIDANCE IN TRUTH

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Also Known As: SAT Temple
Physical Address: Santa Cruz, CA 95060 
EIN: 20-3249462
Web URL: www.satramana.org 
Blog URL: satramana.wordpress.com 
NTEE Category: X Religion, Spiritual Development
X70 Hindu
X Religion, Spiritual Development
X99 Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C.
Ruling Year: 2006 


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Mission Statement

The Society of Abidance in Truth (SAT Temple) is a spiritual nonprofit organization consecrated to the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, especially as revealed by Sri Ramana Maharshi. These teachings emphasize nondual Self-Knowledge and deal with Self-Realization, the primary means of attaining which is the spiritual practice of Self-Inquiry. Guidance in these teachings is provided by the recorded teachings of Vedanta since the ancient times of the Vedas, through Ribhu, Adi Sankara, and other sages, and in the writings and recorded dialogues of Sri Ramana Maharshi. Spiritual guidance in the various sacred events conducted by SAT is provided by Nome, a sage who practiced the inquiry for steady abidance in Self-Realization. He places no emphasis on himself, but keeps the focus of the instruction entirely upon the Truth, Self-Knowledge, and Self-inquiry, turning the aspirants’ attention fully inward, for it is in this way that meditation, Self-inquiry, and Self-Knowledge truly open for one. To fulfill its aims of the preservation and dissemination of these teachings of nondual Self-Knowledge in a manner that best serves the aspirations of those who seek this quintessential wisdom within themselves in order to secure lasting peace and happiness, SAT provides the following: - Satsangs: These are spiritual events filled with silent meditation, discourses on Self-Knowledge and Self-inquiry, dialogues on spiritual topics, recitations in Sanskrit and English from holy texts of the Sruti (Vedas, specifically the Upanishads) and smriti (later holy texts) - Ramana Darshanam events focused deeply on the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi Boundless Wisdom events focused deeply on the teachings of Adi Sankara, Ribhu, and other sages of Vedanta Meditation events filled with periods of silent meditation and dialogues about meditation experience Retreats: These are three to five full days of immersion in the teachings and silent meditation, with continual opportunity for questions and dialogue. - Translation and publication of texts that, since ancient times, have helped to carry on the instruction in these teachings of Advaita Vedanta, as well as recently authored books clearly revealing the same teachings of Self-Knowledge - A serene temple for its sacred events and for meditation at other times. It is replete with exquisite altars for meditation and worship, endowed with symbols that are pertinent for those immersed in Vedanta, especially in the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi and the symbolism of Siva.

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Program Description:

To fulfill its aims, SAT provides the following: Satsangs: These are spiritual events filled with silent meditation, discourses on Self-Knowledge and Self-inquiry, dialogues on spiritual topics, recitations in Sanskrit and English from holy texts of the Sruti (Vedas, specifically the Upanishads) and smriti (later holy texts) Ramana Darshanam events focused deeply on the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi Boundless Wisdom events focused deeply on the teachings of Adi Sankara, Ribhu, and other sages of Vedanta Meditation events filled with periods of silent meditation and dialogues about meditation experience Retreats: These are three to five full days of immersion in the teachings and silent meditation, with continual opportunity for questions and dialogue. Translation and publication of texts that, since ancient times, have helped to carry on the instruction in these teachings of Advaita Vedanta, as well as recently authored books clearly revealing the same teachings of Self-Knowledge A serene temple for its sacred events and for meditation at other times. It is replete with exquisite altars for meditation and worship, endowed with symbols that are pertinent for those immersed in Vedanta, especially in the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi and the symbolism of Siva. Spiritual guidance in the various sacred events conducted by SAT is provided by Nome, a sage who practiced the inquiry for steady abidance in Self-Realization. He places no emphasis on himself, but keeps the focus of the instruction entirely upon the Truth, Self-Knowledge, and Self-inquiry, turning the aspirants' attention fully inward, for it is in this way that meditation, Self-inquiry, and Self-Knowledge truly open for one.

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Program: Translation and Publication of texts related to Self-Knowledge (GuideStar Exchange,
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Translation and publication of texts that, since ancient times, have helped to carry on the instruction in these teachings of Advaita Vedanta, as well as recently authored books clearly revealing the same teachings of Self-Knowledge

Program Long-Term Success:

Below is the list of their current publications: The Ribhu Gita, Translated by Dr. H. Ramamoorthy and Master Nome, 1995, ISBN 978-0-9703667-4-0 The Song of Ribhu, Translated by Dr. H. Ramamoorthy and Nome, 2000, ISBN 978-0-9703667-0-2 The Song of Ribhu Audiobook: Chapters 1 through 11, Reading in English by Nome accompanied by soft vina music by Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (Rudra vina, Raga Yaman), ISBN 978-0-9819409-1-5 Nirguna Manasa Puja: Worship of the Attributeless one in the Mind, by Adi Sankara, Translated by Dr. H. Ramamoorthy and Master Nome, 1993, ISBN 978-0-9703667-5-7 Svatmanirupanam, by Adi Sankara, Translated by Dr. H. Ramamoorthy and Nome, 2002, ISBN 978-0-9703667-1-9 Nirvana-Satkam, by Adi Sankaracarya, Translated by Nome, 2004, ISBN 978-0-9703667-6-4 A Bouquet of Nondual Texts, by Adi Sankara, Translated by Dr. H. Ramamoorthy and Nome, 2006, ISBN 978-0-9703667-2-6 Origin of Spiritual Instruction, by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, 2006, ISBN 978-0-9703667-3-3 Timeless Presence, by Nome, 2003, ISBN 978-0-9703667-7-1 Four Requisites for Realization and Self-Inquiry, by Nome, 2003, ISBN 978-0-9703667-6-4 Saddarsanam and An Inquiry into the Revelation of Truth and Oneself, by Sri Ramana Maharshi, Translation and Commentary by Nome, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9819409-0-8 Advaita Devatam: God of Nonduality, Edited by Nome, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9703667-9-5 Poetry from Advaita Devatam (Audio CD), Recitation by Nome, Vocals by Sasvati, Vina by Jayalakshmi Sekhar and E. Gayatri, ISBN 978-0-9819409-2-2 The Essence of the Spiritual Instruction, by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, Translated with Commentary by Nome, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9819409-3-9 The Quintessence of True Being, by Nome, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9819409-4-6

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