Meaning of {sphota}

{SPHOTA} – “that from which the meaning bursts forth.”

{SPHOTA} is the continuation of Along Your Path, both online as well as in print.

Meaning behind {SPHOTA}:
The word sphota can be traced back to various Indian philosophers such as Pânini and Patanjali, but is most notable through Bhartrihari  (450—510 C.E.) and his theory associated with it in his writings, Vākyapadīya (treatise on words and sentences).
In a discussing with Steven J. Rosen, Dr. Guy Beck (LSU) sees ‘sphota’ as, “…the aspect of the inner consciousness that is awakened when one reads a sentence or hears a mantra being chanted.It’s something greater than the sum total of all the parts,or syllables,of the mantra,and which is latent within human consciousness.They’re flashes,of sorts,which open up inside the mind,kind of like the ‘light bulb’ effect when someone understands something.” (

For the use of the braces {} around the name. Well…I read in the Punctuation Guide website that one should never use these in place of parentheses () or square brackets []. Also read that in writing, braces are present in a list of equal choices for a reader (i.e. {1,2,3,4}) and thought I should use them, to go against the grain of what is said to be or not be suitable as well as give an equal choice for you, the reader, to read and digest on your own accord.

{sphota}, in regard to this publication, is in noway associated with philosophical thinking or Hindu theology. {sphota} in itself is a publication of thoughts, ideas, and understanding in conjunction to the world around us. The words herein are only of interest as well as meaningful  to those that wish it to be.

This website, Along Your Path, as well as {sphota} will be updated weekly to streamline all that is going on here. We will be including various aspects of our endeavors, including TWO STONED BIRDS, our ebay and etsy shop (and whatever else shop we start to include here).



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