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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July's Numerology Influences For People Born On July 12...
The seeds (thought and ideas) you planted (started) in February 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”.
The events of this month give clues as to the successes you can expect to see in September. But be warned, the buds you see this month may be rotten inside. This in turn will lead to September being a month of chaos, failures and/or disappointments.
If you planted good seeds in February, 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 February.
Ultimately, this is a month of decision and settlement that is best dealt by expanding and growing the aspects of your life that are budding this month.
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 July:
The life choices you planted (started) in February begins to show signs of promise this month (budding). Look for and choose those buds (opportunities) that relate to self–confidence, socializing, artistry, ambition and personal and/or professional growth. This is a good month to spend time with friends or being romantic with the one you love. But do be careful that jealously or worrying does not get the best of you, as you will find yourself emotionally drained. Be aware that money earned this month can come in one pocket and go right out the other. This month has the potential to bring some good luck your way if you planted good seeds (thought and ideas) in February.
Love Influences For July:
Romance and relationships begin to bud this month but if you chose a bad partner you might find yourself being unlucky in love this month. Flirting adds excitement to your love life. Do not let your emotions get out of control otherwise arguments can occur.
2020's Numerology Influences For People Born On July 12...
6 Year Cycle — Hope, Aspirations, Reliability, Responsibilities, Settlement
2020's Emphasis: Budding Time
This year is often referred to as
So it is with your life this year. The seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted in your 1 year cycle have grown into plants and are now budding. You can feel and sense the successes you will see, enjoy and experience starting next year even though you can't fully see it or experience yet. Success is just below the surface, waiting to come out just like during springtime when you can feel the warmth of summer coming.
This year requires you to accept responsibilities that are thrust upon you. This year also requires you to make decisions. The most important decision of all will begin to show itself closer to the end of the year. Don't worry about trying to figure out what that decision is. As long as you've made wise choices in the past, the decision you need to make will become abundantly clear.
This year is known as the
This is not the year in which you will see the greatest level of success, but the signs of things to come will be there.
Use common sense throughout this year.
The influences of this year encourage you to settle down and enjoy family life. Perhaps this is the year you will get married, start a family, move in with your better half, etc.
The influences of this year also encourage you to pay down any or all of your financial debts. A time to re—arrange your finances, or at the very least, pay down as much of the debt as you possibly can.
This is the last year in which you can impact your life until you start your 1 year cycle again in 4 years. Starting next year your life will start to blossom, for better or for worse, and once that happens you cannot change it or stop it. So take advantage of this year and fine—tune your life as needed. Fine—tune your life through settlements and decisions.
Health Influences For 2020:
Mind can become twisted. Avoid excessive drinking. Emotional problems such a jealousy, nervousness, etc.
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