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 December 28...
Your life really wants to grow this month. It’s as if your plants (life plan / life choices) are rapidly growing new branches (structure). But take care that too much is not done all at once. Going for a walk in the park and resting at home will help ensure your life will not get twisted.
If you were a farmer, then this month you would be pruning your plants. It’s important to prune this month so your life does not get chaotic, whether in thought or in action. This allows you to stay strong by not wasting energy on unnecessary growth.
The positive aspects of this month are rapid change, freedom and creativity. The negative aspects are chaos, scattered thoughts and self–destruction. Staying in control and remaining strong will allow you to emphasize the positive.
Do some deep breathing this month to help calm the mind and to keep your lungs healthy.
There is definitely a lot happening this month. Hence, you need to be like a tornado or a hurricane… lots of activity on the outside but the eye of the storm is always perfectly calm.
This is a month of impulsive travel, adventure and investigation.
Situations this month might make you feel or act more charitable than normal. But watch that you are not put into situations that make you charitable with your anger.
Keynotes For January:
Grow your branches (life structure) by taking time to look inwards and reflecting on your life so far this month. Pruning the dead, diseased or dying parts from your plant (life plan / life choices) helps to remove some turbulence from your life. The branches you grow this month relate to spirituality, studying, home–life and internal peace. If situations this month cause to you have scattered thoughts then you might find life getting a little tense. If you feel misunderstood this month, then spend some time in nature, go for a hike or a walk in the park; or simply spend some time alone. Feeling adventurous? Travelling to a nature reserve helps to combine the need for travel while spending time in nature. Life can feel suppressed and you might even feel “trapped”, but if you approach this month properly then you will have the opportunity to experience some good rewards next month. This is a good month to travel and “hide” or “get away” from so you can recuperate and rest in peace and quiet.
Love Influences For January:
Relationships want to grow fast this month but a sense of suppression or a feeling of being misunderstood can hamper your ability to clearly communicate or express how you feel. Go for a walk in the park to clear your mind and thoughts. Spend some alone time to clearly grasp what your heart is saying. Grow your relationship too fast this month can lead to emotional turbulence. Listen to your heart for guidance. Do not drain your energies this month as it will only lead to chaos in your relationship. Stay in control otherwise you will feel “relationship burn out”.
2022's Numerology Influences For People Born On December 28...
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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