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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 IS AMUSED

The stage is set on cloud nine- God's abode. He is seen once again caring for his garden, watering his portulaca and happily humming to himself parts of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.

Peter comes running in and bumping his shin on the arm of the lounge chair. He is heard to shout "God! Damn!

GOD: Peter, Peter you must be careful or those earth people will be picking up that phrase of yours.

PETER: Yes, I apologize G-d, but Hellfire and Damnation, that bloody well hurts!

GOD: Peter - Peter! Now what have you come to bother me about?

PETER: I wanted to ask you why you created such a damnable place as earth. It seems to be nothing but pain and suffering down there. Oh yes, there is so much beauty and love also, but anyone with half an eye sees so much suffering. Everyone is complaining about something. Even the wealthy. They all complain. No one is satisfied. Now they are complaining about your Newsletters G-d.

You should hear the prayers I have to listen to…….and now I am receiving these letters of dissatisfaction with you for treating Jesus the way you do.

GOD: ….Then why do you listen to them? You know I can do nothing about it….. Peter don't you realize I created Evolution. It is the process of change and mutation and growth. Otherwise how could I amuse myself.

Why it would all be the same old tawdry mess from one millennium to the next. How boring. Why I go on so much about the various religions is not because they are wrong. After all I created them through man himself, but they have become stagnant….why the fundamentalists are hanging on to some of the old, but at the time, necessary rules I laid down centuries ago. Times change…evolution …yes evolution….they must let go now and learn to let their minds evolve. As for how I treat my Son, I wish they would be a little more severe with their children. The pendulum has swung way over to the left Peter. Far too much leniency. Oh well , the pendulum will swing back again to the right. It is my Law of Opposites.

In regards to religions Peter, can't you see how the fanatics have been allowed to pervert the message for their own ends? Some of the great leaders, yes even President Clinton realizes that the bridge has to be crossed between the various races, religions and cultures. People have to be treated more kindly, and with respect while still retaining a sense of their own racial and religious identities .. but…it is all just talk….it won't work.

In this millennium I am evolving the human brain so that it will be able to transcend the early beliefs and gain a direct experience of what Oneness really is. Already I have guided the scientists, who just in this last 4 years, discovered small nodules in the brain , which on being flooded with hormones allows one to enter other worlds of reality.

It has always been so for the Yogi….but now it will become universal, I gave them an inclination of what happens by allowing certain drugs to do the same thing, but in a very modified way. I am bringing about changes Peter and these letters are just to let them realize, that to get to me, they must do more than what the old time religions taught. They have to ease up, let go, and let me handle it. I will do it all for them if only they would be still ….just be still. Still the body and the mind.

Now what teaches stillness and quietness better than anything else? Why Yoga of course.

PETER: I realize that G-d, but still it is me that has to listen to these infernal prayers and read these complaining letters. I guess I do it out of boredom. They are almost as wild as some of those TV shows the earth people watch. I guess I'm hooked. But you know sometimes, it appears as though their prayers are answered, It's the damndest thing.

GOD: Oh! Another fallacy. It's like the toss of the dice. It's my Law of coincidentalism Peter. If you have 6 billion people praying and 400,000 seem to be answered, it is just all a coincidence, but to those 400,000 it really does appear like I answered them (much laughter).The apparent miracle would have occurred anyway, whether they had prayed or not. Then the word gets around, and hope being eternal, everyone thinks it will happen to them. It is for much the same reason people go to Las Vegas to gamble….only there, the odds are more heavily weighed in favor of the casinos….hummmm……but still, it is all coincidence. Some call it luck Peter. But it is really just my law of coincidentalism.

PETER: But if it makes them feel good to pray …what's wrong in that?

GOD: Ohhh …mmmmmmm…….. nothing…nothing… (laughing louder this time). Well yes there is something wrong in that. (very seriously) Religion , apart from giving a moral code and ethical behaviour to those earth people…when they were in dire need of it….escalated the power that Religions had become endowed with, and developed them to be the scourge of the earth, pitting one man against another…..mind you, I don't mind one bit, as I created the entire cosmos for my entertainment Peter. They are just adding to it , that's all. The power these religious leaders have had in the past centuries over the masses has been very corruptive, and I don't mind telling you, it is all coming to an end ….if not for their peace of mind, at least for mine. I can't stand the din of their prayers rising up to my heavens. They really do upset my Yoga practices Peter. How on earth can I have peace and quiet with all that racket going on.. Payers Bahh!

Listen to this Peter, all over the world they have prayer circles. People join hands together and they pray for one thing or the other , but mostly for peace, (hearty laughter) Now didn't my son tell them there would always be wars and rumors of wars? Of course he did. So why for My Sake, do they insist. There are 47 wars going on right now on earth. Small wars to be sure, nonetheless killing and plundering goes on. People are blind. They don't know this. Their prayer circles are all for nothing , but you know Peter the earth people are a guilty lot. They don't know where this guilt comes from, but in order to appease that guilt they get up to all sorts of charades…..and prayer is one of them. Yes it makes them feel good Peter, but it does put obstacles in the way of really coming back to me. One of these days I will tell you about that guilt….but not yet.

PETER: Why not now. I am enthralled at everything you say.

GOD: Well then answer me this Peter. Who are you?

PETER: Why I am Peter of course.

GOD: You see! That is exactly the answer I knew you would give, and that is why you are not ready to hear the truth…the whole truth Peter. No - go , leave me….I must practice my locust posture. It is not perfect yet.

Peter is seen leaving left stage scratching his head and mumbling…"..I know he is God but He really does confuse me…."

God closes the curtains on the patio, removes his robe, strokes his portulaca plant for luck and is seen assuming a perfectly balanced Locust posture. He quietly chants, "AumAumAum……….

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

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