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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September's Numerology Influences For People Born On November 24...
This is a month where the seeds (thought and ideas) you planted (started) in March begin to flower (materialize). The potential of your efforts is revealed, for better of for worse, depending on the quality of seeds you planted.
The influences of this month encourage you to become introspective as self revelation begins allowing you to see yourself more clearly… it’s at this time you can say “I made the correct choices” or “What a fool I was”.
Enjoy the full bloom (success) of this month or investigate why there was rot (failures). This is a good time to take a bit of a rest… a sabbatical in a way. Embracing a fun loving attitude will help you relax as will pampering yourself and enjoying life’s comforts or luxuries.
While this is a month of bloom, this month also brings with it the potential that you might feel misunderstood by your partner, your employer, your parents or even you might have a problem understanding yourself. If this is the case then go for a walk in a park… or spend some time in nature as this will help clear your mind.
If you planted foolish seeds in March then this month will be full of turmoil. But if you planted wise seeds then this month will be full of placidity.
This is a good month to be altruistic… this is opposite of egotistic. Take the time to be unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others, pets, wildlife, or whatever your heart tells you.
Influences of this month encourage you to be more “spiritual” than normal. But this does not mean you necessarily need to go to your mosque, church, synagogue, temple or shrine… nor does it mean you need to read the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Quaran, the Bhagavad Gita or any other “spiritual” scripture. What’s most important is that you take the time to see world around you with a gentle, devotional and loving heart.
The beauty of this month’s flower can be so beautiful that it leaves you in a state of “awe”… or the flower this month can be so ugly and in such bad state that the petals begins falling away causing you to feel “awful”.
This is a good month to study, spend time alone and/or recuperate.
Since this is a month of solitude, it’s not the best month to host a party. Keep things quiet this month.
Overall, this month is very optimistic, but if you let the negative influences of this month control you then you will find yourself being more repressed, tense, explosive and over–sensitive than normal. Turmoil and stormy situations could occur as a result.
This is a good month to write a letter, write a book or anything that requires you to put pen to paper.
Secrets, everybody has secrets and you will have your share this month. Know what to keep a secret and what not.
Keynotes For September:
Your life begins to blossom (materialize) this month as long as you made wise choices in March. The successes of this month help boost your self–confidence, ambitions and encourage personal growth. Successes can especially relate to love, friendship and romance… while failures can relate to a broken heart or a sense of feeling unlucky in love, a loss of money and lot of arguments. The challenges of this month can cause you to be emotionally drained with jealously taking over. This is a good month to socialize and have some fun, especially in nature… go hiking with some friends, bird watching, or if you are a pet lover make this a month to enjoy the love and companionship of your pet friends. Life can bring some luck your way. Enjoy the comforts of life this month… pamper yourself but watch that you do not become too care free or overconfident with your financial situation causing money to come in one pocket and to go out the other. If you notice that the flower you see this month is rotten (failure), then remain happy! You will have an opportunity in December to choose positive life influences.
Love Influences For September:
There is a possibility that you will feel misunderstood this month. If so, go for a walk in the park to clear your mind. While this is a month in which your relationship can begin to flower, it’s also a month in which your relationship can be full of turmoil and jealously if your relationship is built upon a bad foundation. Relationships started this month will usually not last longer than 2 months. This only relates to new relationships rather than relationships that have been developing for a while. Write a love letter, go dancing, enjoy a nice romantic dinner, be sexual… go to the movies… make your relationship fun! Don’t be shy… go on, flirt.
2021's Numerology Influences For People Born On November 24...
5 Year Cycle — Expansion, Renewed Hope, Change
2021'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 2021:
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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