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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

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In memory of Erskine Scott Wood

GOD SPEAKS
A PLAY IN ONE ACT.

To the left of the stage one can see Peter approaching along a path. Center stage, God is seen in his bathrobe watering his portulaca. He is heard humming to himself.

GOD: MMMmmmm Il balen del suo soriso d'una stella…mmmhummm

PETER: What on earth…are you singing G-d?

GOD: One of my favorites Peter, The Il Balen from Trovatore…but tut, come here and look at my Portulaca, how it has grown. It is a fair 7 inches now Peter.

God is distracted from caring for his Portulaca by a great din coming up from earth.

GOD: What is that hue and cry from my sons' silly people down there - Arrrrgh! They fairly send my mind to reeling.

PETER: There is so much noise G-d , that I can hardly make it out. Oh yes! Something about needing more rain in California, payers for peace in the Balkans and much wailing and gnashing of teeth for the starving millions in Africa.

GOD: Well by myself ,if you don't do something about it soon you will ruin my time for my Yoga studies..

Peter is seen filling his watering can and spraying it over California. He returns to God, who by this time is sitting in the padmasana posture.

PETER: There, I fixed California but I swear - oops , sorry about that - I declare I can do nothing about the praying masses G-d.

GOD: Nor can I Peter. Don't they realize that I cannot break my own laws. I mean , really! Once I have put a law into motion, I cannot take it back. No , not even me Peter. My Son's people just do not understand Karma at all. My son told them , "As ye sow, so also shall ye reap." Now Peter , just think about that. It says, so also shall ye reap. The one thing about my son was his directness Peter. The Earth people think they can willy nilly do whatever they want, and then of all things, not take the consequences. Well I never! You know Peter, when the consequences do come, they think a prayer or two will help. It fairly makes me laugh (much laughter is heard). Oh! They are such whiners! Now! What's that commotion Peter?

PETER: Oh , I am sorry G-d , but I forgot to lift the watering can off California and now they praying for the rain to stop.

Peter rushes out to lift the watering can. On the way he trips over his left foot. He is heard to shout "Damn!" As Peter returns, God is seen closing the shutters to his patio, shutting out the infernal praying noise coming up from earth.

God walks over to his Yoga mat and in one unceasingly slow and gracefully controlled movement, lifts himself in to a headstand.

Peter, not wanting to disturb him further leaves left stage, and peace reigns at last on Gods patio.

The next chapters punctuate what is needed in order to "wake up."

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