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 18...
This month requires you to reflect on your life since the beginning of the year. Determine what’s been good and what’s been bad.
Choose the best seeds (aspects of your life) while throwing away the bad… the seeds can relate to any part of your life whether it be financial, romance, business, education, family, etc.
Next month requires you to plant your chosen seeds… so choose carefully. There is no rule or law that says you have to plant seeds based solely on your life since the beginning of the year, you can of course, create new ideas; however, it is unwise to continue with foolish aspects of your life. The quality seeds you plant next month will then govern your life until October!
This is ultimately a month for dreaming and planning for the months to come. So take your time and spend it wisely choosing the very best seeds. If you plant wise seeds next month you will create a beautiful garden (success) in October.
This month provides you with the rare opportunity or ability to mentally discern, with sound judgment, the negatives and positives of your life since the beginning of the year. The influences of this month encourage you to consider how to make your life more exciting and/or adventurous… consider versatile options that help bring new life or change.
Consider serving humanity this month. It can be as simple as picking up some litter and putting it into a garbage can… or maybe you might volunteer at a soup kitchen… perhaps you might make a donation to your favorite charity… how you serve humanity does not matter.
Try being more sincere this month while offering understanding… not just to others, but yourself too. While you should not rely on your intuition solely, your intuition will be telling you things.
Embrace universal love, but watch that your emotions do not run wild… bring in your emotions this month otherwise you will find yourself a nervous wreck and for some, on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
The influences of this month can easily scatter your thoughts and concentration in all directions.
A parasitic desire for luxury can cause you to pay, at any cost, to achieve it. This will lead to personal losses through unchecked passions and desires. Stay in control otherwise you can loose financially and in other ways.
Keynotes For February:
This is a month of reflection… analyze your life since the beginning of the year and seek the truth. In taking the time to reflect, you will find that the thoughts start to come in from all directions… prune back your thoughts so they don’t get out of control because this will help maintain clarity of mind. Furthermore, to help keep your thoughts under control, review one aspect of your life before moving onto the next. Choose seeds (aspects of your life) that emphasize new life or new growth in your life… this could relate to relationships, ambitions, travel, adventure, moving to another city, employer, etc… focus on new experiences. You want to avoid and discontinue aspects of your life that are chaotic, unstable and unsystematic that ultimately lead to destruction including self–destruction. Whatever seed you decide qualifies as good should then be planted (started) next month even if only in thought.
Love Influences For February:
This is not the best month to start a new relationship but rather take the time to determine and reflect upon what has failed in previous relationships and/or what is preventing you from having a good relationship. Next month is a good month to either start or start looking for a new relationship. Those in an existing relationship need to take the time to reflect upon the good and bad aspects of their relationship. Next month, consciously choose to throw away and/or stop the bad aspects of your relationship while emphasizing the good. This will help create a more loving relationship.
2021's Numerology Influences For People Born On August 18...
5 Year Cycle — Expansion, Renewed Hope, Change
2021's Emphasis: Rapid Growth — New Life — Putting Forth New Branches
Your life begins to grow fast this year and you are feeling a great sigh of relief as last year’s restrictions have disappeared. However, you need to grow and expand your life in a controlled manner to avoid chaos from taking over.
This year can be described much like a hurricane. The outside of the hurricane has high winds and a lot of motion, yet the eye of the hurricane is perfectly calm. Throughout this year there will be a lot going on but you must always remain calm inside and not get caught up in the storm itself.
To help remain calm, a good approach is to deal with one task at a time before starting the next. Furthermore, keep your life under control by pruning back the shoots and branches that are getting out of control just like a gardener prune backs unnecessary shoots on the plant. Doing too much this year will burn up your energy reserves!
There is a strong urge this year for rapid change; to get away such as travel, the need for freedom and also to be creative. All of this is perfectly fine as long as you remain in control.
Take great care this year and only go in one or two directions at once, as it is easy to have scattered thoughts. Scattered thoughts can ultimately cause you to loose concentration leading to accidents throughout the whole year.
If you have thought about moving to a new location, then this is the year in which to do it.
Watch out for explosions within your relationships.
Health Influences For 2021:
Take care not to burn yourself out this year. Solar plexus and gastric functions. Nervous tension in stomach leading to ulcers and indigestion. Do deep breathing as the influences of the year can affect the lung.
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