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 13...
This month encourages you to make responsible decisions regarding all aspects of your life. Know which decisions will bring hope to your life and which decisions will bring despair.
This is a month of new beginnings whether that is in thought or in action. Remember, all actions begin with a thought.
If you were a plant, then this month you would be the seed. The seeds (thoughts and actions) you plant (start) this month will take root (develop) in March. The seeds you plant this month will influence your life until the end of October of next year. Choose wisely.
Plant beautiful flowers (wise choices) rather than weeds (foolish choices). Make wise decisions regarding all aspects of your life to create happier and healthier months to come. Beautiful flowers will help create a fragrant “garden of life” while weeds will create a garden that is overrun and in disarray.
You must sow seeds of ambition this month. What you sow should be carried through or should influence your life until the end of October. You must make every effort to complete what you start this month. Do not uproot (stop) your plant (creations) in May. You must make every endeavour to sow seeds of ambition, for as you sow, so shall you reap, and if you do not sow you cannot reap.
While this is a great month to start something new, if you are serious about what you start, make sure you continue with it. Just as it is easy to start new things this month, it’s also as easy to stop what you start. Avoid false endeavours.
This is a month that challenges you to be creative in thought. So go at it! Stimulate and explore the creations of your mind.
When people make suggestions this month, take the time to listen as they are trying to help.
Ultimately this is a very positive month as long as you choose to make it so.
Keynotes For December:
This is a month of new beginnings in which you must be responsible. Life will provide you with the opportunity to choose rotten ideas or ideas with promise. It’s time to remove the rotten ideas and plans from your life. Choose loving ideas to help create the success you deserve. Next month you will have the opportunity to reflect upon your decisions this month. There’s nothing like having a second chance, but try to get it right on the first try.
Love Influences For December:
New relationships will either show signs of promise or you will be thinking to yourself “this is not what I expected”. For those in established relationships, be responsible in what you decide this month regarding your relationship. Do not start something new that will make your partner upset. Avoid being selfish in your decision making by considering what’s also important to your partner.
2020's Numerology Influences For People Born On May 13...
5 Year Cycle — Expansion, Renewed Hope, Change
2020'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 2020:
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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