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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June's Numerology Influences For People Born On July 11...
This is a month where successes begin to flower (materialize). The potential of your efforts is revealed, for better of for worse, depending on the quality of previous life choices.
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 by spending more time with your family or partner.
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 have made foolish choices then this month will be full of turmoil. But if you made wise choices 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 June:
Accepting responsibilities that are thrust upon you this month will help your life blossom (materialize). In turn, much hope and excitement is created regarding the harvest you can reap next month. If you see rot (failure) rather than a flower (success), then unfortunately this will lead to failures and disappointments next month. But do not worry as September gives you the opportunity to choose positive life influences. Be responsible and mature this month. Spend time at home and settle down a little. If there is turmoil in your life right now then jealousy can enter the picture making your life become twisted. Consciously choose placidity.
Love Influences For June:
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 leading to jealousy if your relationship is built upon a bad foundation. This can cause your relationship to become twisted. 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… or perhaps this is the month you move in with your partner?
2023's Numerology Influences For People Born On July 11...
8 Year Cycle — Reward For Labour, Justice
2023's Emphasis: Fruition — Fruit Sets — Seed Pod
The seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted in your 1 year cycle have grown into plants and are now producing fruits. As a result, this is the year to reap your rewards, to earn money, create business deals, to invest and to put some money in your piggy bank.
If you planted foolish seeds in your 1 year cycle then unfortunately, instead of reaping the rewards of success, you will be encountering losses and failures.
Similar to the 7 year cycle, you ultimately have no control over what type of fruit you see this year; success or failure. The results of this year have already been programmed based on what you have planted in your 1 year cycle. You cannot make something happen within this year that has not already been programmed. In fact, last year, this year and next year have all been programmed already and cannot be changed.
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 bank some of your financial successes so you have money to hold you over during the next 2 years which tend be slower in terms of earning power.
Be like a squirrel 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 nuts but stash as many as possible so you survive the “winter”. You won’t have the opportunity to harvest your crop again for another 9 years! But this does not mean you won’t have success over the next 9 years, it just means your greatest success won’t happen again for another 9 years.
The influences of this year encourage you to draw everything in at this time, all of your resources. Get everything in order by insanely organizing your life. Make sure you dot all of your i’s and cross all of your t’s. Listen to your judgement this year, as it is usually good.
This is a good year to consider being charitable, showing leniency, mercy and even gratitude.
Look to stabilize your life so you enhance your stability and dependability.
Next year provides you with the opportunity to choose new seeds that will then guide your life for the subsequent 9 years. As a result, if you are finding this year to be filled with failures and losses, do not worry. Next year allows you to start the process of making wise life decision.
Health Influences For 2023:
Avoid red meats. Gonads, sex organs and reproductive system in both men and women.
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