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Swami Harinanda

December 25, 1928 to August 19, 2014

Sadly, I must inform you that Swami Harinanda passed away early in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. His death came quickly and without pain. As per his wishes there was no service nor memorial, although he would have appreciated donations to the SPCA or any animal shelter that you like. It goes without saying that this one–of–a–kind and great man will be greatly missed.

I first came to know Swami Harinanda around 1995. He was a customer of mine. One way or another, we got talking about spirituality and he mentioned to me that he was a swami. I must admit, I thought he was joking. But then I realized he was serious. We corresponded by email. Amazingly, I still have a printed copy of his early emails to this day.

Swami Harinanda was able to answer some of my basic questions about yoga and although I had started on the yogic path before I met him, talking to and knowing Swami Harinanda helped make my path more clear.

I was lucky enough to have met Swami Harinanda for the first time in April, 1996. I can remember the first time I met him as I drove up to his house. He came outside to greet me — I felt a great sense of joy and calm come over me.

The next day, Swami Harinanda personally taught me the science of yantra yoga at his dining table. I wrote down the principles of yantra yoga on both sides of a blank piece of paper as Swami Harinanda talked. It was a beautiful moment for me — finally my teacher had come. These lessons I still have to this day and still act as my foundation regarding yantra yoga.

Starting around late 1996 to 1997, I helped Swami Harinanda build an early web site. Later we expanded and moved his web site to this current location real-yoga.com. Swami Harinanda wanted people to see the words real yoga — he wanted people to awaken to the truth of what real yoga is not. Swami Harinanda was not interested in yoga for health.

While building the real yoga web site, Swami Harinanda didn't know what information we should add. So I suggested to him that we should add informaton that is not easily found elsewhere regarding real yoga. I told Swami Harinanda that myself and others want to know why we should practice yoga, what are the types of yoga, who are some famous yogis and a lesson in pure hatha yoga. So this is what we did. I asked the questions, Swami Harinanda wrote the content.

Swami Harinanda was a pure teacher. He would never accept money for teaching. Yoga or spirituality is part of universal knowledge that belongs to everyone. Therefore, one cannot charge for what already belongs to them. Swami Harinanda always said that a good teacher has a day job and then teaches on his or her own time for free. The teacher should pay for any room rental, etc — this is the sign of a pure teacher which Swami Harinanda was.

Swami Harinanda was taught or told personally by Ramana Marharshi to never accept payment and as Swami Harinanda would always say, Ramana Maharshi is never wrong.

Swami Harinanda did not go to meet Ramana Maharshi in India, instead, they met on the astral plane. Ramana told Swami Harinanda that he did not need to be in a cave or anything like that to be a good student of yoga. Swami Harinanda took those words to heart and lived a normal life while being totally dedicated to self realization.

Swami Harinanda knew many little or lesser known things about yoga. He really studied the theory of yoga and put himself into a position to meet people that would impact him. Somewhere along the way he learned the Master's Chant, as an example, and many more things. Swami Harinanda would openly teach kriya yoga as well. Swami Harinanda loved the yogic life and just absorbed every little detail.

In 1996, I was personally quite ill and possibly near death. Swami Harinanda gave me the book on Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekanda to read. It was the best medicine I've ever received. From that day onwards, I fell madly in love with karma yoga. Knowing this, Swami Harinanda bestowed the name Karmananda to me. I thank him very much for this honour.

Swami Harinanda was a good teacher, a good person and a good friend.

- Yogi Karmananda

jaideemarketing-karmananda -a-t- yahoo.com ... replace -a-t- with @ to send me an email.


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BHAKTI YOGA

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The seventh study. The Yoga of one pointed devotion to one's chosen ideal.

The Christian religion is based primarily on this study. It is a study in which the student loves madly, even with a frenzy, his ideal conception of God in either a manifested state or non-manifested.

In most cases it usually someone like Jesus, Ramana, Yogananda or Ramakrishna - or others that have been placed on this earth to allow Divine Grace to flow through them.

Bhakti is Love and Devotion: "My Lord give me only your love, that I may love you all the more. You are the doer, I am merely your servant. Take from me any powers that may detract from my love for Thee. I think of Thee all the time. I exist only because of you - and that existence Is for you only.

I am ready to sit with you and will come when you will have me. I await your invitation. For now I can only love you. I cry out for you at all times. I see you everywhere working out your wonderful dreams of Maya, but I am never caught up in them. How can I be, when I know it is you who are the creator of all. It's even you who gives me my love for you. Increase it until my love knows no bounds. I care nothing for this world - only for You. Whatever task you give I do joyfully. Sing out sweet Lord So that I may hear your Love Song at the door of my consciousness. Don't let me enter trance states so that I lose sight of you. Let others have their Samadhis and their joys. Just increase my love for you until I burst apart, into a million pieces of love-bliss."

Bhakti, like the other Yogas has certain states that one passes through whether one wants to or not.

The first state is called Bhava, or peace. The second is Bhava Mukta, or the sweet mood. A mood that stays forever with the devotee.

The next is Prema, ecstatic love of the most Divine kind.

Finally one arrives at the state of SatChitAnanda or the direct experience of God Union. At this point the Bhakti becomes the Gnani. The two Yogas which started out so differently become one.

The center associated with Bhakti is the seventh chakra, the pituitary gland.

Feel free to continue reading about the other Yogas:

  1. Hatha Yoga

  2. Gnana Yoga

  3. Prana Yoga

  4. Karma Yoga

  5. Raja Yoga

  6. Mudra Yoga

  7. Bhakti Yoga

  8. Laya Yoga

  9. Kriya Yoga

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