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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September's Numerology Influences For People Born On July 3...
This month requires you to reflect on your life since January. 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 be financial, romance, business, education, family, etc.
Next month requires 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 since January, you can of course, create new ideas; however, it is unwise to continue with foolish aspects of your life. The quality seeds you plant next month will then govern your life until the end of the year!
This is ultimately a month for dreaming and planning. So take your time and spend it wisely choosing the very best seeds. If you plant wise seeds next month you will help end the year on a positive note so you can start the next year feeling good.
This month provides you with the rare opportunity or ability to mentally discern, with sound judgment, the negatives and positives of your life since January. The influences of this month encourage you to become more introspective as self–revelation allows you to see your life more clearly.
Consider serving humanity this month. It can be as simple as picking up some litter and putting it into a garbage can… or maybe you might volunteer at a soup kitchen… perhaps you might make a donation to your favorite charity… how you serve humanity does not matter.
Try being more sincere this month while offering understanding… not just to others, but yourself too. While you should not rely on your intuition solely, your intuition will be telling you things.
Embrace universal love, but watch that your emotions do not run wild… bring in your emotions this month otherwise you will find yourself a nervous wreck and for some, on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
The influences of this month can easily scatter your thoughts and concentration in all directions.
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.
Keynotes For September:
This is a month of reflection… analyze your life since January. Become introspective; as self–revelation will allow you to see yourself and your life more clearly… it’s at this point you will be able to say “I will be wise to continue with this aspect of my life” or “I will be a huge fool if I continue with this aspect of my life”. Going for a walk in the park or simply spending time in nature will help clear your mind so you can see more clearly… even something like bird watching from your bedroom window will help! Nature, the best cure this month for a confused mind. Embrace aspects of your life that bring placidity while avoiding those aspects that bring turmoil. Look at your life as if it were a flower… choose aspects that will flower like a rose, ignore the weeds… choose flowers that offer full bloom while avoiding those with rot. Take a bit of break this month from your work; duties or responsibilities to meditate… enjoy some quiet alone time. Whatever seed (aspect of your life) you decide qualifies as good should then be planted (started) next month even if only in thought.
Love Influences For September:
This is not the best month to start a new relationship but rather take the time to determine and reflect upon what has failed in previous relationships and/or what is preventing you from having a good relationship. Next month is a good month to either start or start looking for a new relationship. Those in an existing relationship need to take the time to reflect upon the good and bad aspects of their relationship. Next month, consciously choose to throw away and/or stop the bad aspects of your relationship while emphasizing the good. This will help create a more loving relationship.
2021's Numerology Influences For People Born On July 3...
7 Year Cycle — Materialization, Sabbatical, Placidity
2021'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 2021:
Heart and respiratory conditions. A year in which you might feel misunderstood. Do some aerobic exercise.
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