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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May's Numerology Influences For People Born On July 15...
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 an excellent time to take a rest from your labours… a sabbatical in a way.
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 May:
Your life can blossom (materialize) magnificently this month. Really take the time to appreciate how your life is flowering… reflect inwards, create internal peace and embrace the remarkable beauty of your life… feel the bliss and let it resonate from deep within you until it exudes outwardly in all directions. Really make an effort to spend quiet time alone, read a book, spend time in nature, etc. Taking the time to rest both mind and body this month is important, as next month is a pure month of harvest. If you see rot (failures) this month rather than a flower (success) then do not let turmoil rule your life. Instead, consciously choose to turn turmoil into placidity. There is just no point in fighting or struggling with that cannot be undone, as it will only make the struggle worse. Instead, realize that in August you will have the opportunity to choose positive life influences. Going for a walk in the park or sitting on a bench under a tree this month whenever you feel misunderstood is the best cure for clearing the mind.
Love Influences For May:
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 cause your relationship to begin to rot. 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 a love song!
2020's Numerology Influences For People Born On July 15...
9 Year Cycle — Reflection
2020's Emphasis: Harvest — Collect Seeds For Replanting
This year requires you to reflect on your life over the last 9 years. Determine what’s been good and what’s been bad. Choose the best seeds (aspects of your life) while throwing away the bad. The seeds can relate to any part of your life whether it is financial, romance, business, education, family, etc.
Next year, when you enter your 1 year cycle, will require you to plant your chosen seeds, so choose carefully. There is no rule or law that says you have to plant seeds based solely on your life over the last 9 years, you can of course, create new ideas; however, it is unwise to continue with foolish aspects of your life — at the same time, you would be foolish not to continue or to replant those seeds (thoughts and ideas) that have been beneficial. Ideally though, you want to plant quality seeds that build upon your last 9 years so you continue to build the positives in your life. This in turn will help to strengthen, fortify and solidify all aspects of your life. The quality seeds you plant next year will then govern your life for the subsequent 9 years.
This is ultimately a year for dreaming and planning. So take your time and spend it wisely choosing the very best seeds. If you plant wise seeds next year you will help erase any of the failures, chaos, turmoil and disappointments of the last 9 years. If you replant wise seeds, you continue the cycle of prosperity.
This year provides you with the rare opportunity or ability to mentally discern, with sound judgment, the negatives and positives of your life over the last 9 years. The influences of this year encourage you to really take a good look at your life, to maximize your vision and see in all directions.
Consider serving humanity this year.
A parasitic desire for luxury can cause you to pay, at any cost, to achieve it. This will lead to personal losses through unchecked passions and desires. Stay in control otherwise you can loose financially and in other ways such as your health. This year can be, unfortunately, a year of losses.
This will be a year in which you experience the bitter with the sweet.
You will start negotiating the necessary changes required around October of this year —
Health Influences For 2020:
Glandular and nervous disorders. Since this year can affect the nerves, do some Pranayama Yoga breathing techniques such as the triple breath (full breath) to settle and harmonize the nervous system.
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