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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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In memory of Erskine Scott Wood

GOD SPEAKS
MORE HEAVENLY THEATER

A blazoning Sun saturates the Patio with the most heavenly light. God is seen center stage with just a towel around his waist. He is wearing Birkenstock sandals and is seen bending over feeling his Portulaca. Peter enters along with Jesus from stage left. Peter trips and stumbles over his right foot. He is heard to say "Damn!" God looks up from grooming his plant.

JESUS: Father, Father, what good news we have. The earth people are praising my name everywhere. They say I am going to return. Please Father , can I go back.

GOD: Do you mean everywhere?

JESUS: Yes everywhere! I told you , I would sweep that little globe with your message.

GOD: But son, what about your brothers, Krishna and Bhudda and Mohamed. Have you forgotten about them? I warned you if you told those earth people that you were my only begotten son there would be trouble. Why, you have pitted one religion against the other because of that stupid remark. Not only that , you said the only way to me was through you. (laughing) What do you think they did before you came along (more laughing... Peter is seen yawning).

The earth people have always been able to get to me. Of course when they get to the Pearly Gate, they don't realize there are eight other gates they have to go through. No matter. They will learn. Why do you think I call Heaven, 9 Gate House?

Oh yes son! It's no easy road to get to me. And you didn't make it any easier for them. You gave them all these pacifiers to put them into a soporific state of mind. Consequently very few really know how to open the Gates. Gates! Arrrgh! I hate fences and gates ...nonetheless... ahhhh! Jesus, I told you, you weren't ready for this task. Thank Myself for Yoga. At least there is one safe way left for those poor people to get to me. No Jesus , in answer to your question, you cannot go back. There will be no Second Returning for you. You have to grow up. You tried to break nearly every law that I made for that little planet. My Law stands!

Now look my boy, and Peter, you can listen too. I am the Sun, and the heat it gives and also the light that shines from it. I am the ether and every heavenly body. I am that small planet Earth, and also everything on it. I am the laws of gravity, of space and time. I am the good man , the bad one too, I am the deeds they do, and also the person who receives the action of those deeds. Why boys, I am everything. I am the doer of all actions, and also the reactions. I am every twig and tree and all species found, whether above or below the earth and seas, which I also am.

I am the joy one feels in love and the anger and revenge one has with hate. It is all my Law. It is what amuses me. You know I created all of this (with a grand sweeping motion of his arms) so that you and your brothers wouldn't be bored... yet... all of you did not understand what I was doing for you. Fortunately I have left a way for those poor blind people . It is not a way of hopes and aspirations , and blind wishes. It is a way of action. It is a way to directly open my 9 gates. Do you really think I want everyone clambering at my door. No!, The way I left open for them is difficult, but it is sure. When those poor souls down there realize they have to chuck you out along with your brothers, and free themselves of all the superstition you have put into their minds, then they may at last see the real side of Yoga, and begin to work in earnest, without the excuses of confession and prayer. You deserve a good spanking. Now lift your gown and bend over the patio sofa. (Jesus complies) There is one (Slap) for your Redemption, and another (slap) for your Confessional escape, and another (slap) for that ridiculous Resurrection trick. I told you not to use your powers on them. Now get out of here.

(Peter is seen hugging Jesus and comforting the hefty blows he had received.)

(Peter and Jesus walk out arm in arm stage right. God is last seen, as lights dim, throwing off his towel and taking a smooth entry into the Cobra pose.)

GOD: Aum Aum Aum shant-ung shan-tung joy-a-dung shan-tung... (the chanting continues as stage blacks out).

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

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