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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May's Numerology Influences For People Born On May 27...
This month requires you to reflect on your life since the beginning of the year. 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 for the months to come. So take your time and spend it wisely choosing the very best seeds. If you plant wise seeds next month you will create a beautiful garden (success) in December.
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 consider seeds that emphasize social contacts, diplomacy and associations with others.
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 May:
This is a month of reflection… reflect on your life since the beginning of the year and choose which seeds (aspects of your life) are good and which are bad. Specifically focus on your relationships with others, either personal or professional. Determine which associations are good and drop the bad. Good associations will then create peace and diplomacy over the next several months. Additionally, you can consider aspects of your life relating to your home such as maybe it’s time to consider a new sundeck, adding an extension to the house, buying a new couch, etc. It’s okay to consider improving your material comforts! Whatever seed you decide is good this month should be planted (started) next month even if only in thought. Do walk away from arguments this month. There is no need for it.
Love Influences For May:
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 May 27...
2 Year Cycle — Development, Nurture Through Association
2021's Emphasis: Germination Period — Rooting Period
This is an average year, one of growth yet relatively uneventful that simply furthers the new ventures that you started last year. But if nothing constructive was started or if no significant change was made last year, then nature will force you out this year. If you failed to start something last year then you may not like what nature will choose for you this year.
You need to gently nurture the seeds (thoughts and ideas) that you planted last year. The keyword is gently. Being gentle is primarily done through diplomacy and associations with others. Further your life plan through social contacts. Avoid unnecessary arguments.
The social contacts and associations you make will be one of the keys to your future success.
It’s as if you are a gardener that is gently tilling the soil to help the seeds you planted last year take root. Ultimately, this is a year in which you are watering your seeds so they fully germinate and take root. Take the time to till the soil and cultivate what you started last year. Remember, be gentle and help the seeds you planted take root.
This is a good year to do things around the house, add some material comforts, etc to help make your life more comfortable and easy.
Health Influences For 2021:
Take care of your health this year, especially your kidneys. Consider taking care of your body fluids such as helping to keep your blood pure and healthy.
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