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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February's Numerology Influences For People Born On May 4...
This is a month that encourages you to develop beautiful ideas on how to improve your life. But if you do not listen to what your heart is saying, then your ideas will remain suppressed.
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 ultimately guide your life until the end of October. 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 February:
Choose ideas this month that show good potential. The ideas with the most potential will remain suppressed within you unless you begin to listen to your heart. Failure to listen to your heart will create more turbulent ideas and/or thoughts. Choose ideas that also help to reduce your workload until the end of October. This is not a holiday period. But rather, you simply want to choose options that allow you “work smarter, not harder”. In doing this your strength will be fully recuperated by the end of the year. You will then ready to start the following year not only at full speed ahead, but also with a calm state of mind.
Love Influences For February:
New relationships appear on the horizon but may just be out of reach. Ways of improving existing or established relationships may seem suppressed. Really take the time to listen to your heart in order to improve your relationship. If your relationship feels strained this month or if there is a feeling of being misunderstood then go for a walk in nature to compensate for the feeling of being cut off.
2021's Numerology Influences For People Born On May 4...
6 Year Cycle — Hope, Aspirations, Reliability, Responsibilities, Settlement
2021'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 2021:
Mind can become twisted. Avoid excessive drinking. Emotional problems such a jealousy, nervousness, etc.
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