Van Santāna

When folks see the name Van Santana—which is usually how it is styled, rather than van Santana or Van Santāna—the tendency is to think Santana like Carlos Santana, which is fine and not entirely unintentional; yet there is also santāna (or saṃtāna), a sanskrit word that means something like ‘eternal,’ ‘continuum,’ ‘a series of momentary events,’ or ‘life-stream;’ that’s nestled in there, too.

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