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 August 22...
This is a test month. Nature will provide some sort of challenge or examination of your life plan / life choices to determine if they are wise or foolish. Heed nature’s warning and/or advices.
It’s as if your New Year’s Resolutions will be put under the microscope. The only difference is that ultimately the decisions you make this year, starting with this month, will affect the next 9 years of your life. This month will give clues as to whether or not you have chosen wise choices.
Wise choices will be able to withstand whatever challenges nature throws at them while foolish choices will snap. The influences of this month suggest you should make your plants (life plan / life choices) stronger by “pruning back” out–of–control growth (chaos) and unnecessary growth (wasted energy).
To help ensure you pass the tests of this month it is very important that you work hard and keep your nose to the grindstone… some results showing whether you have chosen wise or foolish choices will appear in May.
This is ultimately a month of karma. The secret to making this month the best it can be is to focus not on the results, but on the joy of doing. This allows the life you have chosen to really take hold.
Your expectations (focussing on the results) can only lead to disappointments.
If you were planning on buying something major this month, then you should postpone until next month. When bought during this month, expensive or major items usually turn out to be a lemon.
Do not overspend and also avoid heavy stock market investments.
Keep your life well organized. Organize all aspects of your life into neat little piles.
Take care of your health this month. Exercise, eat well, meditate and get proper rest. Although this is a relatively healthy month, it's simply a time to safeguard it.
Keynotes For January:
The best way to pass the tests of this month is to love and embrace your life. Everything becomes remarkably easy and clear when you live and do things with love. When there is love, there is no struggle. When you create no struggle, there is no test thus ending the karmic cycle. It’s important to remember this because life may seem cruel, dreary and mundane at times causing you to feel a sense of struggle. The struggle is made worse when you focus on how you want your life to be rather than accepting what it is. A sense of a new life this month may lead to excitement that in turn causes your thoughts and/or actions to get out of control. You need to remain in control so you can focus on the details of what needs to be done. Do a lot this month, but do one thing at a time as the influences of this month might cause you to race ahead. In turn, you could potentially burn out from doing too much. Cut back on your desires. Whatever you do this month, do it with pure love.
Love Influences For January:
When you try to grow your relationship too fast this month you might discover some challenges or problems in your relationship. Instead of trying to grow your relationship bigger and better, simply try to make it stronger.
2022's Numerology Influences For People Born On August 22...
1 Year Cycle — The Start, Beginning
2022's Emphasis: Seeding Time — Planting Time — Starting Point
This is the 1st year of a 9 year cycle. It’s time to start something new, not just in action, but more importantly in thought.
All actions ultimately begin with a thought and so you want to ensure you’re
There is no formal law that says you need to
Although you can start something completely new, ideally you want to build upon the successes of the last 9 years to fortify, strengthen and solidify your life going forward.
Sow seeds of ambition even if that means the ambition to replace a negative with a positive.
This is an absolutely crucial year as what you
Note well that you must make every effort to carry through the full 9 year cycle of what you start this year. Do not uproot your plant (life plan) in the 4th year. You must make every endeavour to sow seeds of ambition, for as you sow, so shall you reap, and if you do not sow you cannot reap.
If you fail to start something new by not planting seeds, then nature will force you out next year and choose for you. But be warned, if you do not plant seeds this year, then you may not like what nature chooses for you next year.
This is a rather positive, albeit, slightly slow year. Examples of things you may want to consider starting or planning include anything new such as an engagement and/or marriage, child planning, new job or career, moving to a new city, schooling or education, new name, changing lifestyle and so on. Most of the seeds you plant this year won’t take root (begin to develop) until next year.
Health Influences For 2022:
Head and feet problems. Be careful that you do not trip and hit your head more than normal throughout this year.
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