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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July's Numerology Influences For People Born On October 14...
This is a rather uneventful month. That’s not a bad thing; it’s just the way it is or more importantly, the way it should be.
What you want to do this month is continue nourishing (developing) the seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted (started) last month.
It’s of vital importance that you develop a strong and solid root system (foundation) this month because your plant (life choices / life plan) will be tested somehow. When you make certain that your seeds are establishing a solidly strong root system, then your plant will be able to withstand any drought (test).
If you were a farmer, then this month you would be watering your seeds. You should also ensure they get the proper amount of sunlight and nutrition. By doing this, your seeds (thoughts and ideas) develop (grow) and take root (build a foundation). The primary emphasis should be on developing a strong root system.
If nothing constructive was started last month then nature will force you out. Therefore, hopefully you decided on something so nature does not have to decide for you. There is no guarantee that you will like what nature will start if you did not start something constructive.
Further your efforts to improve all aspects of your life through social contacts, diplomacy and associations with others.
This is a good month to work on your home, purchase some material comforts and/or enjoy the material comforts you already have.
Do walk away from arguments this month. There is no need for it. Remember to embrace diplomacy and tact. The people who you might want to argue with could possibly become a good friend and/or someone who can help you improve an aspect of your life. Build allies rather than rivals.
This is a month in which you should take care of your health.
Keynotes For July:
The seeds (thoughts and ideas) you started last month will be tested this month. It’s as if your seeds are experiencing drought (challenges / tests) that in turn can hamper growth or destroy your seeds. As a result, ensure you nourish your ideas much like a gardener waters his plants when nature herself does not provide enough rain. This allows your seeds to not only survive the drought, but also to develop a splendiferous root system (foundation) that is solidly strong, which is extremely important. By developing a solidly strong root system, you will allow your plant (life plan / life choices) to flower like a rose in December. 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 chose to start last month will be tested. In addition to safeguarding your plant, make sure your garden (ideas and creations) is well–organized… organize your garden this month by transplanting one plant to another location in your garden so it gets more sun, water, etc to not only withstands any test, but also to help ensure your garden looks like an award winning botanical floral display in December. 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 July:
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. You can help negate any impact a test may have on your relationship this month by employing diplomacy and tact. At the same time, let whatever challenges you face this month simply roll like water off a duck’s back.
2020's Numerology Influences For People Born On October 14...
2 Year Cycle — Development, Nurture Through Association
2020'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 2020:
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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