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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January's Numerology Influences For People Born On April 24...
This is a rather uneventful month. That’s not a bad thing; it’s just the way it is or more importantly, the way it should be.
It’s imperative that you work hard. You do not need to be a workaholic, but your results in life are directly proportional to the efforts you put into it.
What you want to do this month is continue nourishing (developing) the seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted (started) last October. You must be very gentle this month so that you do not damage your seeds. If you take the time to nurture your seeds, then they will begin to show shoots or sprouts (manifest or express) next month.
If you were a farmer, then this month you would be watering your seeds. You should also ensure they get the proper amount of sunlight and nutrition. By doing this, your seeds (thoughts and ideas) develop (grow) and take root (build a foundation). The primary emphasis should be on developing a strong root system.
If nothing constructive was started last October then nature will force you out. Therefore, hopefully you decided on something so nature does not have to decide for you. There is no guarantee that you will like what nature will start for you if you did not start something constructive.
Further your efforts to improve all aspects of your life through social contacts, diplomacy and associations with others.
This is a good month to work on your home, purchase some material comforts and/or enjoy the material comforts you already have.
Do walk away from arguments this month. There is no need for it. Remember to embrace diplomacy and tact. The people who you might want to argue with could possibly become a good friend and/or someone who can help you improve an aspect of your life. Build allies rather than rivals.
This is a month in which you should take care of your health.
Keynotes For January:
This is a non–nonsense month. What you need to do is keep it simple. Continue nourishing the seeds (thoughts and actions) you planted (started) last October with a positive attitude and mindset. A fresh new outlook on life appears when you tap into your thoughts to find the solutions. Situations require you to use original thinking and to work hard. Be careful that you do not trip or hit your head this month. Do not let life’s frustration cloud your vision and/or ability to make wise decisions. Refrain from letting life’s frustrations frustrate you. This month has the possibility of some major changes as new energies begin to express themselves more clearly. This will help to ensure your life goes as planned until the end of August.
Love Influences For January:
This is month has the potential to be an uneventful month for love and romance. Existing relationships need to be nourished and developed so a strong foundation is built. Arguments could lead to a frustrating relationship.
2022's Numerology Influences For People Born On April 24...
8 Year Cycle — Reward For Labour, Justice
2022's Emphasis: Fruition — Fruit Sets — Seed Pod
The seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted in your 1 year cycle have grown into plants and are now producing fruits. As a result, this is the year to reap your rewards, to earn money, create business deals, to invest and to put some money in your piggy bank.
If you planted foolish seeds in your 1 year cycle then unfortunately, instead of reaping the rewards of success, you will be encountering losses and failures.
Similar to the 7 year cycle, you ultimately have no control over what type of fruit you see this year; success or failure. The results of this year 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, last year, this year and next year have all been programmed already and cannot be changed.
After each harvest, there is always a period in which it takes time to grow the next crop. It’s for this reason that you need to bank some of your financial successes so you have money to hold you over during the next 2 years which tend be slower in terms of earning power.
Be like a squirrel that is preparing for the upcoming winter. Not only should you take in the harvest but also you should work feverishly hard to maximize your efforts while super organizing your life. Collect all the nuts available. Eat a few nuts but stash as many as possible so you survive the “winter”. You won’t have the opportunity to harvest your crop again for another 9 years! But this does not mean you won’t have success over the next 9 years, it just means your greatest success won’t happen again for another 9 years.
The influences of this year encourage you to draw everything in at this time, all of your resources. Get everything in order by insanely organizing your life. Make sure you dot all of your i’s and cross all of your t’s. Listen to your judgement this year, as it is usually good.
This is a good year to consider being charitable, showing leniency, mercy and even gratitude.
Look to stabilize your life so you enhance your stability and dependability.
Next year provides you with the opportunity to choose new seeds that will then guide your life for the subsequent 9 years. As a result, if you are finding this year to be filled with failures and losses, do not worry. Next year allows you to start the process of making wise life decision.
Health Influences For 2022:
Avoid red meats. Gonads, sex organs and reproductive system in both men and women.
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