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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December's Numerology Influences For People Born On October 7...
This month requires you to reflect on your life since April. 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 be financial, romance, business, education, family, etc.
You will be given another opportunity in February of next year to reflect upon your life once again, but start reflecting now. Then in March, plant your chosen seeds… choose your seeds carefully. There is no rule or law that says you have to plant seeds based solely on your life since April, you can of course, create new ideas; however, it is unwise to continue with foolish aspects of your life. The quality seeds you plant in March will then govern your life until the end of October next year.
This is ultimately a month for dreaming and planning for the months to come. So take your time and spend it wisely choosing the very best seeds. If you plant wise seeds in March then you will create a beautiful garden (success) in October.
This month provides you with the rare opportunity or ability to mentally discern, with sound judgment, the negatives and positives of your life since April. The influences of this month encourage you to consider how to make aspects of your life more reliable instead of choosing ambitious ideas, projects or plans.
Consider serving humanity this month. It can be as simple as picking up some litter and putting it into a garbage can… or maybe you might volunteer at a soup kitchen… perhaps you might make a donation to your favorite charity… how you serve humanity does not matter.
Try being more sincere this month while offering understanding… not just to others, but yourself too. While you should not rely on your intuition solely, your intuition will be telling you things.
Embrace universal love, but watch that your emotions do not run wild… bring in your emotions this month otherwise you will find yourself a nervous wreck and for some, on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
The influences of this month can easily scatter your thoughts and concentration in all directions.
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.
Keynotes For December:
This is a month of reflection… analyze your life since April with a more scientific or practical view on your life. Choose seeds (aspects of your life) that emphasize reliability. Do not choose seeds that require you to assume great responsibilities… instead, keep your ambitions down to earth this month. Look at every detail of your life carefully. Although looking at every detail can be monotonous, it must be done. This is a month to conquer your excuses in life and to embrace the joy of living. Organize your life into neat little piles… the good here, the bad there. Throw away the bad. Whatever seed you decide is good this month should be planted (started) in March of next year even if only in thought. Do not buy anything expensive this month because it will turn out to be a lemon… wait until next month.
Love Influences For December:
This is not the best month to start a new relationship but rather take the time to determine and reflect upon what has failed in previous relationships and/or what is preventing you from having a good relationship. February is a good month to either start or start looking for a new relationship. Those in an existing relationship need to take the time to reflect upon the good and bad aspects of their relationship. In March, consciously choose to throw away and/or stop the bad aspects of your relationship while emphasizing the good. This will help create a more loving relationship.
2020's Numerology Influences For People Born On October 7...
4 Year Cycle — Test or Examination
2020's Emphasis: Strength — Brave The Elements
This is a year in which you want to build your plants (life plan) in width, not height. This in turn makes your life plan stronger. Your life plan will then be able to withstand any challenges that are faced this year.
The previous year was a period of creativity and a time to grow your ideas as much as possible. But this year the focus is not on growing your ideas as much as possible, but rather on organizing your life. Hence you need to get all that you did last year organized. Organize your life into neat little piles of this and that, whether that is physical or mental organizing.
Although you need to work hard this year, don’t expect much in the way of results. This does not mean results cannot and will not be obtained or that you will earn less money, but rather this should not be your focus this year. Instead, simply focus on the love of working.
You might actually discover that in your efforts this year, with all the hard work that you do, others will take credit for your work. But worry not, you will get credit for your efforts in due time.
Do remember to strengthen all aspects of your life as a whole, not just one aspect of it.
Strengthen your life by not being overly ambitious. Do not, as an example, take on too many responsibilities whether that is at work, at your church, in school, at home, etc. You do not want to spread yourself too thin. Your time to take on and accept responsibilities will come in your 6 year cycle.
This is ultimately a year in which we will see what type of wood your
This is a testing year, a year of karma where it is as if your plants are experiencing frost, wind and rain. The key to surviving this year is to not struggle with tests. Instead, embrace your life with love. When there is no struggle, there is no turmoil. When there is no turmoil, there is no karma. Ultimately, when there is love then everything is easy. Choose to love all that happens this year.
If you planted foolish seeds in your 1 year cycle, then this year can be full of problems, as nature will examine your seeds inside and out. If nature does not like what it sees, then you will find that nature will appear cruel. If this happens, then accept responsibility and let go so you can move on.
Avoid buying anything expensive this year, as it will turn out to be a lemon. Do not overspend either. Avoid investing your money into stocks, etc, as it will be lost.
You may also notice that things start to break down this year such as your car, relationships, etc. But just remember that important decisions should be postponed until after October 18 of this year if at all possible.
While this year is not the best year to be ambitious, this does not mean that you will not see any results this year. This year can be quite productive and rewarding, but just do not expect it… expectations will always create disappointments.
Although this is a
Work hard and keep your nose to the grindstone. Results will start in 2 years.
Health Influences For 2020:
Be aware of your skeletal structure, muscles and growths. A relatively healthy year, but you should safeguard your health. Take a rest from heavy red meats this year.
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