Svaha = “(SVA-ha) The time between when you see the lightning and when you hear the thunder” – (Native American)
Enlightenment can be a flashing moment of insight. Yet it’s the rumbling after effects of the thunder that does the most work in shaping a person later in life.
People often rush into enlightenment to then ride the thunder. Yet to miss the most wonderful part of the full experience: the moment of Svaha in between the insight and after effects.
One of the most powerful teaching techniques I use is to pause. Pause allows for awareness to connect everything together, to pull all the seeming disconnected truths into larger insights. Svaha is a perfect example of pause connecting lightning to thunder. Connecting action to results.
If possible linger in the moment of Svaha… It’s a special timeless moment in which you can see between … everything.
Bonus extra tidbit:
Sometimes the process happens in reverse. Enlightenment is a process of release. People do fear releasing so many things in life. This means many potential enlightenment events can instead stir up fear in a person. Fear will cause a person not to release but to tighten up and hide instead. It isn’t until the thunder passes and a person comes out of hiding they might release in a smaller secondary enlightenment moment from the thunder instead. Be aware that sometimes it’s the thunder itself that shakes a person awake to change.
The point is to be patient with enlightenment, especially around others. Patience and small kind steps are often required to help a person step out from their fears.
Extra Bonus extra tidbit:
Svaha: In Hinduism and Buddhism, the Sanskrit lexical item svāhā is a denouement indicating the end of the mantra. Literally, it means “well said”
No connection: I just like how certain word sounds can have many meanings.