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 January 22...
The seeds (thought and ideas) you planted (started) in July begin to bud (appear) this month. Since the bud looks so nice and fresh, this is referred to as a month of “hope and aspirations”. But be warned, the buds you see this month may be rotten inside.
If you planted good seeds in July, then your life will feel like springtime at the moment… the challenges of winter have finished… the sun is beginning to shine more often… you hear the birds singing in the morning… you can sense that summer is just around the corner. This is the time in your life in which you can see the buds appearing on the cherry tree while picturing in your mind’s eye the cherry blossoms that will be appearing next month. It’s indeed a wondrous feeling this month as long as there is no rot or disease in the buds causing you to regret the foolish choices you made in July.
Ultimately, this is a month of decision and settlement that is best dealt with by first taking time to relax and creating some inner peace so there is more clarity.
While this is a month of decision, the influences of this month can also make you equally indecisiveness. Become aware of this so you can make the decisions that need to be made.
The decisions you make this month ultimately lead to a settlement. The settlement could be an agreement reached, influences that cause you to want to “settle down” or some sort of stabilizing life influence.
You might find that responsibilities are thrust upon you. If so, take advantage of the opportunity or opportunities. Life influences might urge you to get married or move in with your partner. You might also find yourself wanting to accept more business or work related responsibilities.
Relatively speaking, this is a well–rounded and stable month in which wealth, success or a positive attitude begins to accumulate.
Avoid drinking alcohol excessively this month.
Jealousy prevails this month and the mind can easily become twisted. Using common sense will help alleviate, mitigate or reduce any such potential problems.
Make this a family month whether that be serving your family or spending time with them.
Keynotes For December:
The life choices you planted (started) in July begins to show signs of promise this month (budding). Before choosing the best buds (opportunities) in your life, take time to look and reflect inwards… create some internal peace. This month relates to home–life, spirituality, studying and peace within. It might be difficult at times this month to find that inner peace as your world can potentially appear in turmoil or you might feel misunderstood. Regardless of whether this is the case or not, you will create placidity by going for a walk in the park, spending some time in nature or just spend some “alone time” at home. Life can feel suppressed and you might even feel “trapped”, but if you approach this month properly then this month has the potential to flower later in the month.
Love Influences For December:
Your love life may be in a bit of turmoil this month and there can be a feeling of being misunderstood. Spending some time in nature or alone will help clear your mind and thoughts. There is a strong urge this month to settle down especially relating to home–life. If you are in a responsible and mature relationship, then your love life will seem to flower later this month… perhaps a proposal or perhaps you might meet Mr. or Mrs. Right?
2020's Numerology Influences For People Born On January 22...
1 Year Cycle — The Start, Beginning
2020'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 2020:
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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