In what context was Ahim’SA born?
Following the principles of Yoga, a teacher must practice Karma Yoga, which represents selfless action for the benefit of others. Thus each practitioner or Yoga Teacher must work for the community and without benefiting from it personally. In addition, every teacher or practitioner of yoga must respect the fundamental principles called Yamas and Nyamas whose first commandment concerns Ahimsa which means “Non-Violence” in Sanskrit and more generally, respect for life. The word ahiṃsā properly refers to “the action or causing harm to no life” This naturally includes the protection of the environment and Nature.
South Africa has presented itself as a privileged ground for the necessary change that the Organization wishes to contribute to implement. Because of its history and its ethnic construction, the country represents a constant challenge to live well together in an exceptional nature and is also considered as an open door to the experimentation of the collective will. Other parts of the world need identical relays but the pilot project in South Africa is probably the most emblematic about a nation’s ability to find the creativity and energies to recover and grow. This implies not only the abstention from violence in acts or words (insult, hurtful words), but more subtly at the level of thoughts, since the mind must be directed upstream, so that all that flows from it (word, act) falls under self-control, the abolition of the ego and the sense of “I” thus feeds the “us”.
Ahimsâ shortcuts violence against Nature and life, eradicates selfishness, encourages benevolence and benevolence towards all beings: it is not a specifically yogic measure, but desired by every man because Ahiṃsā is more than a “virtue” since it has been seen since Antiquity as the political basis of a dignified society.