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 October 28...
This month exemplifies a time period in which you should start afresh. 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 September. 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 November. 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 August:
A fresh new outlook on life appears when you tap into your thoughts to find the solutions. Situations require you to use original thinking and to work hard. Be careful that you do not trip or hit your head this month. Do not let life’s frustration cloud your vision and/or ability to make wise decisions. Refrain from letting life’s frustrations frustrate you. This month has the possibility of some major changes as new energies begin to express themselves more clearly.
Love Influences For August:
New relationships can start this month but the chances of succeeding are slim. If you are already in a committed relationship then add some creativity to it and try something new.
2022's Numerology Influences For People Born On October 28...
9 Year Cycle — Reflection
2022's Emphasis: Harvest — Collect Seeds For Replanting
This year requires you to reflect on your life over the last 9 years. Determine what’s been good and what’s been bad. Choose the best seeds (aspects of your life) while throwing away the bad. The seeds can relate to any part of your life whether it is financial, romance, business, education, family, etc.
Next year, when you enter your 1 year cycle, will require you to plant your chosen seeds, so choose carefully. There is no rule or law that says you have to plant seeds based solely on your life over the last 9 years, you can of course, create new ideas; however, it is unwise to continue with foolish aspects of your life — at the same time, you would be foolish not to continue or to replant those seeds (thoughts and ideas) that have been beneficial. Ideally though, you want to plant quality seeds that build upon your last 9 years so you continue to build the positives in your life. This in turn will help to strengthen, fortify and solidify all aspects of your life. The quality seeds you plant next year will then govern your life for the subsequent 9 years.
This is ultimately a year for dreaming and planning. So take your time and spend it wisely choosing the very best seeds. If you plant wise seeds next year you will help erase any of the failures, chaos, turmoil and disappointments of the last 9 years. If you replant wise seeds, you continue the cycle of prosperity.
This year provides you with the rare opportunity or ability to mentally discern, with sound judgment, the negatives and positives of your life over the last 9 years. The influences of this year encourage you to really take a good look at your life, to maximize your vision and see in all directions.
Consider serving humanity this year.
A parasitic desire for luxury can cause you to pay, at any cost, to achieve it. This will lead to personal losses through unchecked passions and desires. Stay in control otherwise you can loose financially and in other ways such as your health. This year can be, unfortunately, a year of losses.
This will be a year in which you experience the bitter with the sweet.
You will start negotiating the necessary changes required around October of this year —
Health Influences For 2022:
Glandular and nervous disorders. Since this year can affect the nerves, do some Pranayama Yoga breathing techniques such as the triple breath (full breath) to settle and harmonize the nervous system.
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