Real Yoga with Swami Harinanda - Free Yoga Lessons
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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May's Numerology Influences For People Born On April 15...
The seeds (thought and ideas) you planted (started) in January really begin to grow this month. It’s as if your plants (life plan / life choices) are rapidly growing new branches (structure).
This is a refreshing month as April was more restrictive. But take care that too much is not done all at once. Focus on one thing at a time as the influences of this month might cause you to race ahead. Make sure you grow your branches with a fun and relaxed approach.
If you were a farmer, then this month you would be pruning your plants. It’s important to prune this month so your life does not get out of control, whether in thought or in action. This allows you to stay strong by not wasting energy on unnecessary growth.
The positive aspects of this month are rapid change, freedom and creativity. The negative aspects are chaos, scattered thoughts and self–destruction. Staying in control and remaining strong will allow you to emphasize the positive.
Do some deep breathing this month to help calm the mind and to keep your lungs healthy.
There is definitely a lot happening this month. Hence, you need to be like a tornado or a hurricane… lots of activity on the outside but the eye of the storm is always perfectly calm.
This is a month of impulsive travel, adventure and investigation.
Situations this month might make you feel or act more charitable than normal. But watch that you are not put into situations that make you charitable with your anger.
Keynotes For May:
Grow your branches (life structure) using highly creative and cheerful methods. Pruning the dead, diseased or dying parts from your plant (life plan / life choices) will help create some luck. The branches you grow this month may possibly relate to love, romance, self–confidence, socializing and enjoying life. Avoid impatience this month. Scattered thoughts can lead to careless actions. Be alert.
Love Influences For May:
Lots of flirting this month really adds excitement to your love life. But do be careful you do not let your love life get out of control otherwise not only will your energy be drained, but so will your emotions. Stay in control this month otherwise you will feel “relationship burn out”.
2021's Numerology Influences For People Born On April 15...
7 Year Cycle — Materialization, Sabbatical, Placidity
2021's Emphasis: Flower — Blossom Time
This is the year of the flower where one sees just what kind of seed one planted back in the first cycle (success or failure). This can be a beautiful year or it can be a difficult one.
It’s at this time that you will be able to say, “yes, I made good decisions in my 1 year cycle” or you will say “oh my, why did I make that decision in my 1 year cycle”.
If you made wise decisions in your 1 year cycle then you will find this year to be peaceful and calm. But if you made foolish decisions in your 1 year cycle then you will find this year to be full of turmoil and you will feel suppressed.
Ultimately, you have no control over what blossoms this year as the flowers have already been programmed based on what you have planted in your 1 year cycle. You cannot make something happen within this year that has not already been programmed. In fact, this year, next year and the following year have all been programmed already and cannot be changed.
Spend the whole year, as needed, to enjoy the full bloom of your life or spend the time wisely investigating why your flower had rot in it. If your flower has rot in it, then do not worry, as you will have the opportunity to start again fresh in 2 years.
Although you cannot change that which has already been determined, what you can change or do this year is your action and reaction to the good or bad this year. With the good, stay balanced and grounded. With the bad, do not let it get you down and instead take the opportunity to learn from it so the next time your life flowers you see a rose rather than a weed.
It's important to take a bit of a rest this year. This does not mean you become lazy, but do take the time when required to rest and recuperate. This is, in many ways, a spiritual year or more importantly, a year in which you become introspective and examine who you are.
This is a good year to study, meditate, enjoy solitude, obtain spiritual fulfillment, etc.
Spending time alone in your home or in nature will help clear your mind when you are feeling confused and/or misunderstood.
This is a year in which your potential is revealed, but your potential does not come to fruition until next year. So relax a little this year as next year you need to take in the harvest and reap the rewards (or accept the failures if you failed to plant foolish seeds in your 1 year cycle). Whether you are set up for rewards or failure next year, you need to rejuvenate this year so you are ready mentally and physically for next year.
Health Influences For 2021:
Heart and respiratory conditions. A year in which you might feel misunderstood. Do some aerobic exercise.
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