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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April's Numerology Influences For People Born On February 12...
The seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted several months ago have grown into plants and are now producing fruits; therefore, this is a month of fruition… success and rewards. Take in the harvest and reap your.
This is an excellent month to make money, to sell and create business deals rewards but put some of your earning into your piggy bank. Although this month can be fulfilling in all aspects of your life, this month can also lead to losses and failures if the seeds you planted were foolish.
Most of your successes will happen earlier in the month.
After each harvest, there is always a period in which it takes time to grow the next crop. It’s for this reason that you need to be like the farmer who stores some of the harvest so there is food to last the next several months while the fields are tilled, seeds are planted and nurtured until the next harvest occurs.
Ultimately you need to be like a squirrel this month that is preparing for the upcoming winter. Not only should you take in the harvest but also you should work feverishly hard to maximize your efforts while super organizing your life. Collect all the nuts available… eat a few but stash as many as possible so you survive the “winter”. You won’t have the opportunity to harvest your crop again until March of next year!
Although your next harvest won’t happen until March of next year, you start the process of planting new seeds this June. Next month acts an important bridge that will smoothly take you into June.
The influences of this month encourage you to draw everything in at this time, all of your resources. Get everything in order by insanely organizing your life… dot all of your i’s and cross all of your t’s. Listen to your judgement this month, as it is usually good.
This is a good month to consider being charitable, showing leniency, mercy and even gratitude.
Keynotes For April:
Taking in the harvest with a positive attitude will serve you well. Most of your successes will happen earlier in the month with the latter part being slower. Additionally, chances are there will be many smaller successes rather than large scale achievements. You might also discover that only a narrow part of your life is prosperous. Successes this month can ultimately relate to anything new such as a new job, a promotion, marriage, home, car, etc… basically successes this month are expressed as positive energies relating to anything new. Avoid being stuck on just one thought. Be aware that you can easily trip or hit your head this month. Stay focussed. If you notice more failures than successes this month then refrain from letting this frustrate you, as you will have the opportunity in June to choose positive life influences.
Love Influences For April:
This is a rather romantically unromantic month. But this is a month in which you will feel that your relationship is providing you with full value or that it is a complete and utter disappointment. If you have been courting someone, then this could be the make or break month. Stay positive with your relationship or realize this is a time to begin anew.
2021's Numerology Influences For People Born On February 12...
2 Year Cycle — Development, Nurture Through Association
2021'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 2021:
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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