San kalpa or intention translates as seed -- not what we want to attract or gain from the outside world, but what we wish or need to cultivate in our inner world. Those looking to cultivate ahimsa must look to cultivate equanimity, inside and out. For many of us, nonviolence eventually becomes a question of how to move beyond a place of intention and into service. More and more of us in yoga who might be brave enough to now look and listen, however we may have gone astray, are coming to realize that mastery is violence. The masters who came from masters are continuing to dominate the conversation about nonviolence, and that in itself is violence. It intoxicates, polices, oppresses, and actively denies anything resembling dialogue grounded in ahimsa.
How to have reverence for what came before, but to question any and all of our teachers who believe they have “the way?” Please take a look at the work of survivors like Karen Rain and so many others, and take the pledge.