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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August's Numerology Influences For People Born On June 1...
The seeds (thought and ideas) you planted (started) in March 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 October. But be warned, the buds you see this month may be rotten inside. This in turn will lead to October being a month of chaos, failures and/or disappointments.
If you planted good seeds in March, 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 March.
Ultimately, this is a month of decision and settlement that is best dealt with using diplomacy, tact and through social settings and/or associations with others.
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 August:
The life choices you planted (started) in March begins to show signs of promise this month (budding). Look for and choose those buds (opportunities) that relate to improving your home, friendships, health or relationships. Diplomacy, tact and a more “sensitive” approach to solving problems and expressing yourself this month is required. Avoid arguments, as there is really no need for them. Excessive worrying may cause your health to suffer. Material success will happen this month unless foolish seeds (thoughts and ideas) were planted in March in which case you will be left dreaming of the success that could have been.
Love Influences For August:
Relationships can show greats signs of promise this month but you must really nurture your relationship by taking a very sensitive approach. It’s time to take your relationship a little more seriously and settle down. Diplomacy and tact are required. Avoid arguments and being jealous this month.
2022's Numerology Influences For People Born On June 1...
5 Year Cycle — Expansion, Renewed Hope, Change
2022's Emphasis: Rapid Growth — New Life — Putting Forth New Branches
Your life begins to grow fast this year and you are feeling a great sigh of relief as last year’s restrictions have disappeared. However, you need to grow and expand your life in a controlled manner to avoid chaos from taking over.
This year can be described much like a hurricane. The outside of the hurricane has high winds and a lot of motion, yet the eye of the hurricane is perfectly calm. Throughout this year there will be a lot going on but you must always remain calm inside and not get caught up in the storm itself.
To help remain calm, a good approach is to deal with one task at a time before starting the next. Furthermore, keep your life under control by pruning back the shoots and branches that are getting out of control just like a gardener prune backs unnecessary shoots on the plant. Doing too much this year will burn up your energy reserves!
There is a strong urge this year for rapid change; to get away such as travel, the need for freedom and also to be creative. All of this is perfectly fine as long as you remain in control.
Take great care this year and only go in one or two directions at once, as it is easy to have scattered thoughts. Scattered thoughts can ultimately cause you to loose concentration leading to accidents throughout the whole year.
If you have thought about moving to a new location, then this is the year in which to do it.
Watch out for explosions within your relationships.
Health Influences For 2022:
Take care not to burn yourself out this year. Solar plexus and gastric functions. Nervous tension in stomach leading to ulcers and indigestion. Do deep breathing as the influences of the year can affect the lung.
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