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 29...
Solid new concepts should be initiated this month, whether 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 June. The seeds you plant this month will ultimately guide your life until January 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 January. You must make every effort to complete what you start this month. Do not uproot (stop) your plant (creations) in August. 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 May:
What you start this month will be tested. It’s as if your seed (thoughts and ideas) are experiencing frost or bad weather (challenges) that in turn can hamper growth or destroy your seeds. As a result, ensure you strengthen your ideas much like a gardener put his seedlings into a greenhouse before transplanting to the garden. Choose solidly strong ideas only this month. An example of a test might be starting a new business this month only to discover you did not complete all the necessary documents causing a delay. Whatever you choose to start this month will be tested. Plant only the strongest of your seeds. In addition to only choosing the strongest of ideas, make sure your thoughts are well–organized… keep your thoughts organized in neat little mental piles. To help withstand any test this month, you should not only do everything with love, but learn to accept everything with love including the tests or challenges.
Love Influences For May:
New relationships will be tested this month. If you chose a strong and reliable partner then your relationship will survive. But if your relationship is built upon a weak foundation, if your partner is scared or not fully committed then it can easily fail the tests of love this month. Established relationships may also be tested in similar ways. For example, perhaps you want to add an extension to your house but there is not enough money to do so. As a result, you might find your relationship being tested as one partner wants the extension and the other partner does not.
2020's Numerology Influences For People Born On May 29...
3 Year Cycle — Expression, Manifestation
2020's Emphasis: Tender Shoots Begin To Appear
This year starts out with wonderful promise, as it is a time of new growth. You notice success in the new venture you started in your 1 year cycle.
This can be, relatively speaking, a very good year financially but it is inclined to be too promising and in your optimism you are inclined to spend too much and live too lavishly thus saving no money. As they say, money will come in one pocket and go right out the other.
This is the year of luck and you might find yourself in a situation that offers a change near the end of the year. But, it might not be wise for you to follow through with this change. As you head into next year, you need stability and choosing or accepting the change later in this year can potentially lead to instability.
This year is best described as the seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted in your 1 year cycle beginning to express themselves like a plant showing its leaves for the first time above ground. This is, therefore, the year in which you really begin to see your ideas showing their first sign of growth.
The creativity of your ideas begins to show. However, make sure your ideas are not too extravagant as there is a tendency for your ideas to be too creative during this year.
Grow your ideas as much as you can during this year and build a strong foundation in preparation for the next year, as it will be a test year.
This year is referred to as the
While this is, relatively speaking, a good year financially, this is not a good year to invest. It is better to save your money and/or to sell items you do not need, want or that can earn you some money.
Although this year can close with great disappointment due to plans you counted on not materializing, still have fun this year. The change that you counted on or hoped for won't happen until the end of next year.
Flirting, romance and love are highlighted this year. But be warned, choosing a bad relationship will cause you to feel unlucky in love.
Avoid impulsive decisions. This year is simply a glimpse of your future success.
Health Influences For 2020:
This year can be very emotional and thus you need to strengthen your immune system. Cleanse the liver this year. Do pranayama breathing techniques to help your lungs. Skin problems can be problematic this year. Watch that you do not overindulge in food, especially in sweets and “comfort” foods.
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