501 Fascinating Facts

The Sanskrit word for 'essence' is 'sattva'. That literally means 'is-ness' or 'being-ness', with 'sat' being the participle (noun-ified version of a verb) of 'as', 'to be'. Later connotations have taken on a meaning of 'goodness', via the idea that something is truly itself only when it is at its 'best'.

Curiously, the word 'essence' follows in the same way from the Latin verb for being, 'esse' :-)
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