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 13...
This is a month where the seeds (thought and ideas) you planted (started) in January 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. Although this is a good month to rest, the influences of this month also encourage you to grow your life. The key is to grow your life in a controlled rather than chaotic manner otherwise you will drain your energies leading to you feeling “burnt out”.
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 January 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 July:
Your life begins to blossom (materialize) this month in numerous ways as long as you made wise choices in January. Enjoy your successes and life growth, but stay in control. If you do not stay in control then you will burn out from severely drained energies. Therefore, the best approach this month is to deal with one aspect of your life at a time before moving on to the next. If you follow this approach you will stay fresh, in mind and body, allowing you to maximize your achievements. Next month has the potential to provide a bountiful harvest, financially and personally, if you follow the correct approach this month. Unfortunately, if you planted foolish seeds (thoughts and ideas) in January then this month will be full of rot leading to losses, disappointments and failures next month. If this is the case, then do not anarchy enter the picture, as you will have the opportunity to choose positive life influences in October. Your mind can be scattered this month; therefore, be careful in all that you do. Be safety conscious. Scattered thoughts can cause you to have many accidents. Pay attention when driving or doing anything that requires attention.
Love Influences For July:
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. 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… express your love, as your relationship wants to grow this month. Expand your relationship this month but make sure it is controlled growth otherwise you will have “relationship burnout”.
2020's Numerology Influences For People Born On July 13...
7 Year Cycle — Materialization, Sabbatical, Placidity
2020's Emphasis: Flower — Blossom Time
This is the year of the flower where one sees just what kind of seed one planted back in the first cycle (success or failure). This can be a beautiful year or it can be a difficult one.
It’s at this time that you will be able to say, “yes, I made good decisions in my 1 year cycle” or you will say “oh my, why did I make that decision in my 1 year cycle”.
If you made wise decisions in your 1 year cycle then you will find this year to be peaceful and calm. But if you made foolish decisions in your 1 year cycle then you will find this year to be full of turmoil and you will feel suppressed.
Ultimately, you have no control over what blossoms this year as the flowers 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, this year, next year and the following year have all been programmed already and cannot be changed.
Spend the whole year, as needed, to enjoy the full bloom of your life or spend the time wisely investigating why your flower had rot in it. If your flower has rot in it, then do not worry, as you will have the opportunity to start again fresh in 2 years.
Although you cannot change that which has already been determined, what you can change or do this year is your action and reaction to the good or bad this year. With the good, stay balanced and grounded. With the bad, do not let it get you down and instead take the opportunity to learn from it so the next time your life flowers you see a rose rather than a weed.
It's important to take a bit of a rest this year. This does not mean you become lazy, but do take the time when required to rest and recuperate. This is, in many ways, a spiritual year or more importantly, a year in which you become introspective and examine who you are.
This is a good year to study, meditate, enjoy solitude, obtain spiritual fulfillment, etc.
Spending time alone in your home or in nature will help clear your mind when you are feeling confused and/or misunderstood.
This is a year in which your potential is revealed, but your potential does not come to fruition until next year. So relax a little this year as next year you need to take in the harvest and reap the rewards (or accept the failures if you failed to plant foolish seeds in your 1 year cycle). Whether you are set up for rewards or failure next year, you need to rejuvenate this year so you are ready mentally and physically for next year.
Health Influences For 2020:
Heart and respiratory conditions. A year in which you might feel misunderstood. Do some aerobic exercise.
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