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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June's Numerology Influences For People Born On May 11...
The seeds (thought and ideas) you planted (started) in February really begin to grow this month. It’s as if your plants (life plan / life choices) are rapidly growing new branches (structure).
This is a refreshing month as May was more restrictive. But take care that too much is not done all at once. Focus on one thing at a time as the influences of this month might cause you to race ahead. Make sure you grow your branches so they are solid.
If you were a farmer, then this month you would be pruning your plants. It’s important to prune this month so your life does not get out of control, whether in thought or in action. This allows you to stay strong by not wasting energy on unnecessary growth.
The positive aspects of this month are rapid change, freedom and creativity. The negative aspects are chaos, scattered thoughts and self–destruction. Staying in control and remaining strong will allow you to emphasize the positive.
Do some deep breathing this month to help calm the mind and to keep your lungs healthy.
There is definitely a lot happening this month. Hence, you need to be like a tornado or a hurricane… lots of activity on the outside but the eye of the storm is always perfectly calm.
This is a month of impulsive travel, adventure and investigation.
Situations this month might make you feel or act more charitable than normal. But watch that you are not put into situations that make you charitable with your anger.
Keynotes For June:
Grow your branches (life structure) using gentle methods. Carefully prune the dead, diseased or dying parts from your plant (life plan / life choices). The branches you grow this month may possibly relate directly or indirectly to your home, socializing, relationships or health. Do avoid argumentative situations this month and instead focus on tact and diplomacy. In this way you will think more clearly.
Love Influences For June:
Gently grow new and existing relationships this month. Your relationships can grow quickly this month, but grow your relationship gently using wisdom. Stay in control this month otherwise you will feel “relationship burn out”.
2023's Numerology Influences For People Born On May 11...
6 Year Cycle — Hope, Aspirations, Reliability, Responsibilities, Settlement
2023'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 2023:
Mind can become twisted. Avoid excessive drinking. Emotional problems such a jealousy, nervousness, etc.
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