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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August's Numerology Influences For People Born On November 6...
This is a month where the seeds (thought and ideas) you planted (started) in February 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. Focussing on the pure joy and love of living will help as this allows you escape daily stresses and remind you of what’s most important… a heart filled with love for yourself and others.
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 February 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 August:
Your life begins to blossom (materialize) this month as long as you made wise choices in February. But at the same time, your life will be tested and/or examined in some way. The best way to pass or withstand any of life tests this month is to work hard and to focus not on the results but rather on the joy of doing… do everything with love. While this month has the potential to be successful, results this month are limited but if you continue to work hard then September has the potential to be an exceptional month for both financial and life success. Avoid buying expensive items this month and instead, if you can, postpone the purchase until next month. If you notice that the flower you see this month is rotten (failure), then don’t let the failure get the best of you as that will lead to a dreary outlook on life. Instead, continue to work hard at improving your life especially since you will have an opportunity in November to choose positive life influences.
Love Influences For August:
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 causing it to fail especially 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. All relationships will be tested this month in some way… financially, emotionally, compatibility, etc. If your relationship is built upon love, then you have nothing to worry about, as the tests will not even be noticeable.
2022's Numerology Influences For People Born On November 6...
6 Year Cycle — Hope, Aspirations, Reliability, Responsibilities, Settlement
2022'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 2022:
Mind can become twisted. Avoid excessive drinking. Emotional problems such a jealousy, nervousness, etc.
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