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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August's Numerology Influences For People Born On April 9...
The seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted (started) in June begin to show their first signs of life above ground this month. It’s as if your seeds are starting to grow their first leaves and/or shoots (manifestation). You finally start to see the early signs of success.
Hopefully you planted good (wise) seeds in June otherwise instead of seeing the early signs of a beautiful botanical garden (success); you will see the early signs of a garden that will be full of weeds (failures).
This is a month of expression, especially creatively, romantically and in terms of business. Emotions can be draining at times this month so take care of your health.
Like all young plants, you are susceptible to subtle changes in the climate. If you do not keep your immune system strong then your plants (life plan / life choices) will be more susceptible to disease (challenges). During this month, you might find your plants growing faster than expected making your plants thinner (weaker) and growing in all directions (out of control / chaos).
Life will present you with situations in which you will feel that luck is your friend in both business and romance. Go with the flow. Be easy going and relaxed but not so relaxed that you become careless. A careless approach to life this month will cause you to end up being unlucky in love and having money come in one pocket and right out the other.
A cheerful and positive approach to life this month will help you end this year with a positive mindset.
A feeling of impatience is highlighted this month.
This is a good month to have a good laugh, socialize, attend parties and just have some fun. But do avoid situations that may put you in quarrelsome situations and/or arguments.
Also avoid over indulgences.
Keynotes For August:
The seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted in June begin to show their first signs of life above ground (manifestation) this month. But the influences of this month can cause your plants (life plan / life choices) to grow too fast. This can result in your garden (your world / reality) being out of control (chaotic). You want your plants to grow more rapidly than normal this month, but employ controlled growth. If you are not careful the weeds (foolish ideas) you started, whether on purpose or by accident, in June can take control of your garden causing turmoil until the end of December. Know which plants are weeds and should be pulled from your garden. Staying in control of your emotions this month is vitally important. If anarchy controls your emotions then you will loose focus on what needs to be done. You might also find yourself being more careless and unsystematic than normal leading to accidents and/or chaos. Avoid the temptation of wanting immediate results and success. A good month to enjoy nature.
Love Influences For August:
Relationships can easily grow fast this month, but you must keep your relationship under control so you develop a beautiful loving relationship rather than a relationship full of turmoil. If you fail to keep your relationship under control then you might find your relationship spinning out of control and crashing next month. Do not drain your emotional energies, as it will only lead to arguments. Part of you will want to be loving this month, but you might find it difficult to express affection this month.
2022's Numerology Influences For People Born On April 9...
2 Year Cycle — Development, Nurture Through Association
2022's Emphasis: Germination Period — Rooting Period
This is an average year, one of growth yet relatively uneventful that simply furthers the new ventures that you started last year. But if nothing constructive was started or if no significant change was made last year, then nature will force you out this year. If you failed to start something last year then you may not like what nature will choose for you this year.
You need to gently nurture the seeds (thoughts and ideas) that you planted last year. The keyword is gently. Being gentle is primarily done through diplomacy and associations with others. Further your life plan through social contacts. Avoid unnecessary arguments.
The social contacts and associations you make will be one of the keys to your future success.
It’s as if you are a gardener that is gently tilling the soil to help the seeds you planted last year take root. Ultimately, this is a year in which you are watering your seeds so they fully germinate and take root. Take the time to till the soil and cultivate what you started last year. Remember, be gentle and help the seeds you planted take root.
This is a good year to do things around the house, add some material comforts, etc to help make your life more comfortable and easy.
Health Influences For 2022:
Take care of your health this year, especially your kidneys. Consider taking care of your body fluids such as helping to keep your blood pure and healthy.
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