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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December's Numerology Influences For People Born On May 12...
The seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted (started) in October begin to show their first signs of life above ground this month. It’s as if your seeds are starting to grow their first leaves and/or shoots (manifestation). You finally start to see the early signs of success although in limited amounts.
Hopefully you planted good (wise) seeds in October otherwise instead of seeing the early signs of a beautiful botanical garden (success); you will see the early signs of a garden that will be full of weeds (failures).
This is a month of expression, especially creatively, romantically and in terms of business. Emotions can be draining at times this month so take care of your health.
Like all young plants, you are susceptible to subtle changes in the climate. If you do not keep your immune system strong then your plants (life plan / life choices) will be more susceptible to disease (challenges).
Life will present you with situations in which you will feel that luck is your friend in both business and romance. Go with the flow. Be easy going and relaxed but not so relaxed that you become careless. A careless approach to life this month will cause you to end up being unlucky in love and having money come in one pocket and right out the other.
A cheerful and positive approach to life this month will help you end this year with a positive mindset.
A feeling of impatience is highlighted this month.
This is a good month to have a good laugh, socialize, attend parties and just have some fun. But do avoid situations that may put you in quarrelsome situations and/or arguments.
Also avoid over indulgences.
Keynotes For December:
Keep things simple this month. You might find yourself being a little bit “stiff” at times, but do try to be easy going and relaxed. Avoid the temptation of wanting immediate results and success. Situations require you to use original thinking and to work hard this month. Be careful that you do not trip or hit your head this month. Do not let life’s frustration cloud your vision and/or ability to make wise decisions. Refrain from letting life’s frustrations frustrate you. This month has the possibility of some major improvements as new energies begin to express themselves more clearly. Stay focussed on what you need to do to ensure your life continues to grow positively.
Love Influences For December:
New relationships start easily this month, but just as they start, they can easily end. Keep your relationship, love and romance simple but very creative. Your love life will be frustrating if you do not keep things simple.
2023's Numerology Influences For People Born On May 12...
7 Year Cycle — Materialization, Sabbatical, Placidity
2023'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 2023:
Heart and respiratory conditions. A year in which you might feel misunderstood. Do some aerobic exercise.
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