(Saṅkalpa/Saṃkalpa): Volition; intention; will; conviction. The most important activity of the mind, which is always engaged in projecting intentions. Sankalpa is the main mental action that creates samskaras (subconscious activators). We are the result of our sankalpas, generating karma through our inner intentions. Ego-based sankalpas direct us externally and bind us to the external world. Spiritual sankalpas direct us within and help us reach moksha (liberation). The practice of yoga cultivates the sankalpa for Self-realization.