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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February's Numerology Influences For People Born On August 16...
This is a month where successes begin to flower (materialize). The potential of your efforts is revealed, for better of for worse, depending on the quality of previous life choices.
The influences of this month encourage you to become introspective as self revelation begins allowing you to see yourself more clearly… it’s at this time you can say “I made the correct choices” or “What a fool I was”.
Enjoy the full bloom (success) of this month or investigate why there was rot (failures). This is a good time to take a bit of a rest… a sabbatical in a way especially at the beginning of the month.
While this is a month of bloom, this month also brings with it the potential that you might feel misunderstood by your partner, your employer, your parents or even you might have a problem understanding yourself. If this is the case then go for a walk in a park… or spend some time in nature as this will help clear your mind.
If you have made foolish choices then this month will be full of turmoil. But if you made wise choices then this month will be full of placidity.
This is a good month to be altruistic… this is opposite of egotistic. Take the time to be unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others, pets, wildlife, or whatever your heart tells you.
Influences of this month encourage you to be more “spiritual” than normal. But this does not mean you necessarily need to go to your mosque, church, synagogue, temple or shrine… nor does it mean you need to read the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Quaran, the Bhagavad Gita or any other “spiritual” scripture. What’s most important is that you take the time to see world around you with a gentle, devotional and loving heart.
The beauty of this month’s flower can be so beautiful that it leaves you in a state of “awe”… or the flower this month can be so ugly and in such bad state that the petals begins falling away causing you to feel “awful”.
This is a good month to study, spend time alone and/or recuperate.
Since this is a month of solitude, it’s not the best month to host a party. Keep things quiet this month.
Overall, this month is very optimistic, but if you let the negative influences of this month control you then you will find yourself being more repressed, tense, explosive and over–sensitive than normal. Turmoil and stormy situations could occur as a result.
This is a good month to write a letter, write a book or anything that requires you to put pen to paper.
Secrets, everybody has secrets and you will have your share this month. Know what to keep a secret and what not.
Keynotes For February:
Your life begins to blossom (materialize) this month in a new and refreshing way as long as you have previously made wise choices. While this month has the potential to be relatively successful, chances are you will see the most success earlier in the month with latter part of the month being slower. To obtain the most success this month you will need to take advantage of whatever creative thoughts come your way. The creative thoughts will be found when you take the time to rest and relax… or when you are going for a walk in the park, etc. Avoid being stuck on just one thought. Be aware that you can easily trip or hit your head this month. Stay focussed. Chances are you will find yourself starting many new things yet not finishing any of them. If you notice that the flower you see this month is rotten, then refrain from letting this frustrate you, as you will have the opportunity in May to choose positive life influences.
Love Influences For February:
There is a possibility that you will feel misunderstood this month. If so, go for a walk in the park to clear your mind. While this is a month in which your relationship can begin to flower, it’s also a month in which your relationship can be full of turmoil if your relationship is built upon a bad foundation. Relationships started this month will usually not last longer than 2 months and potentially, this month may not even last more than 2 or 3 weeks. This only relates to new relationships rather than relationships that have been developing for a while. Write a love letter… your love will be best expressed when you write creatively and with a positive attitude.
2021's Numerology Influences For People Born On August 16...
3 Year Cycle — Expression, Manifestation
2021's Emphasis: Tender Shoots Begin To Appear
This year starts out with wonderful promise, as it is a time of new growth. You notice success in the new venture you started in your 1 year cycle.
This can be, relatively speaking, a very good year financially but it is inclined to be too promising and in your optimism you are inclined to spend too much and live too lavishly thus saving no money. As they say, money will come in one pocket and go right out the other.
This is the year of luck and you might find yourself in a situation that offers a change near the end of the year. But, it might not be wise for you to follow through with this change. As you head into next year, you need stability and choosing or accepting the change later in this year can potentially lead to instability.
This year is best described as the seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted in your 1 year cycle beginning to express themselves like a plant showing its leaves for the first time above ground. This is, therefore, the year in which you really begin to see your ideas showing their first sign of growth.
The creativity of your ideas begins to show. However, make sure your ideas are not too extravagant as there is a tendency for your ideas to be too creative during this year.
Grow your ideas as much as you can during this year and build a strong foundation in preparation for the next year, as it will be a test year.
This year is referred to as the
While this is, relatively speaking, a good year financially, this is not a good year to invest. It is better to save your money and/or to sell items you do not need, want or that can earn you some money.
Although this year can close with great disappointment due to plans you counted on not materializing, still have fun this year. The change that you counted on or hoped for won't happen until the end of next year.
Flirting, romance and love are highlighted this year. But be warned, choosing a bad relationship will cause you to feel unlucky in love.
Avoid impulsive decisions. This year is simply a glimpse of your future success.
Health Influences For 2021:
This year can be very emotional and thus you need to strengthen your immune system. Cleanse the liver this year. Do pranayama breathing techniques to help your lungs. Skin problems can be problematic this year. Watch that you do not overindulge in food, especially in sweets and “comfort” foods.
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