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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 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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My name is Swami Harinanda and I have had the distinct pleasure of studying Yoga under a number of great Yogis.

I started at age 9 under the instruction and guidance of Ramana Maharshi. At 19 years of age I studied under Dr. Lewis of the SRF who initiated me into Kriya Yoga.

From California I went to Montreal to study with a Mongolian Master, Adano Lay. I then heard about a Swami in Vancouver, Swami Ananda Bahavanani, who later became quite famous as Swami Gitanandaji of Pondicherry India. He taught Yantra Yoga (the science of mathematics in relationship to the universe and to one's own person). After being with the Swami for two years he initiated me into the Giri Mountain order of Swamis as Swami Harinanda.

Since the early beginnings in the 50's I have been giving free instruction in Yoga. So let us embark together on a journey of self discovery by opening the chakras and allowing the Shakti energy to rise up through the Shushumna canal to ignite the thousand petal lotus in the brain.

Is Your Name Balanced?

Is your name balanced with your date of birth?

Yantra Yoga teaches us that harmony is created when your name has the same mathematical value as your date of birth.

Take my online name calculator to determine if your name is harmonized.

What Yoga Is Meant For You?

Enter your birth date, click the "calculate" button and you will be taken to another page with the results near the bottom:


As A Point of Interest:

You may be interested to know that this rising up of the Shakti is a direct reference to the parting of the Red Sea in the Bible. On either side of the Shushumna canal there are two Nadis or nerves called the Ida and the Pingala. These spiritual nerves must be regulated so that their circulatory energies become centered in the Coccyx Chakra where Shakti resides as the Serpent force. As Shakti is awakened she begins to rise up the central canal thus parting the energies of the Ida and the Pingala and uniting them in the Shushumna. Thus, the journey begins.

See a picture of me, Swami Harinanda, after I was initiated in to Kriya Yoga (circa 1950's).

Hear A Message From Swami Harinanda

Swami Harinanda has a short message for you regarding his book, The Portal, which provides guidance regarding gnana yoga.

To hear the Swami's message, you will need to download and install Qualcomm's Pure Voice. You can download this program directly from To download, simply right click the following link and then choose "save as":

After you have downloaded and installed the Pure Voice program, you can listen to Swami's message. You can either download the message by clicking the following link and then choosing to "save" or to listen online, simply click the following link and then choose "open":

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