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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December's Numerology Influences For People Born On February 28...
This is a month where the seeds (thought and ideas) you planted (started) in June begin to flower (materialize). The potential of your efforts is revealed, for better of for worse, depending on the quality of seeds you planted.
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. Take a break from the rat race of life this month by being a humanitarian… give back by embracing the spirit of universal love, sincerity and understanding while doing charity work or something similar.
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 planted foolish seeds in April then this month will be full of turmoil. But if you planted wise seeds 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 December:
Your life begins to blossom (materialize) this month as long as you have previously made wise choices in June. You might discover that the majority or the major successes and/or failures come later in the month. Life this month ultimately gives clues about the future. Thus, take the time to reflect upon your successes and failures since June. Working too much this month can cause you to feel drained, especially your nervous system. At the same time, a sense of feeling trapped, misunderstood or any type of “turmoil” could additionally put stress on your nervous system. Do take care. Help combat this potential problem by spending quiet alone time, reading a book, going for a walk in the park and selflessly serving others with love. A good heart filled with love this month can help you realize just how wonderful living life is.
Love Influences For December:
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. This can drain your nervous system. Relationships started this month will usually not last longer than 2 months. This only relates to new relationships rather than relationships that have been developing for a while. Write a love letter… take the time to also express your love by serving your partner with unconditional love.
2023's Numerology Influences For People Born On February 28...
2 Year Cycle — Development, Nurture Through Association
2023'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 2023:
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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