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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April's Numerology Influences For People Born On September 10...
This is a test month. Nature will either challenge or examine the seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted (started) in January.
If you planted good seeds in January then your plant (life plan / life choices) will more easily withstand whatever challenges nature throws your way.
If you were a farmer, then this month your crops would be experiencing bad weather that could potentially damage them. The influences of this month suggest you should build the trunk (strength) of your plants through social contacts, diplomacy and association with others. The added strength will allow your plants to bend yet not snap in the wind. Build width, not height. Your plants must be able to brave the elements.
To help ensure you pass the tests of this month it is very important that you work hard and keep your nose to the grindstone… results will start to appear in August.
This is ultimately a month of karma. The secret to making this month the best it can be is to focus not on the results, but on the joy of doing. This allows the life you have chosen to really take hold.
Your expectations (focussing on the results) can only lead to disappointments.
If you were planning on buying something major this month, then you should postpone until next month. When bought during this month, expensive or major items usually turn out to be a lemon.
Do not overspend and also avoid heavy stock market investments.
Keep your life well organized. Organize all aspects of your life into neat little piles.
Take care of your health this month. Exercise, eat well, meditate and get proper rest. Although this is a relatively healthy month, it's simply a time to safeguard it.
Keynotes For April:
The best way to pass the tests of this month is to love and embrace your life. Everything becomes remarkably easy and clear when you live and do things with love. When there is love, there is no struggle. When you create no struggle, there is no test thus ending the karmic cycle. It’s important to remember this because life may seem cruel, dreary and mundane at times causing you to feel a sense of struggle. The struggle is made worse when you focus on how you want your life to be rather than accepting what it is. Avoid argumentative situations this month and instead focus on diplomacy and tact. Whatever you do this month, do it with pure love.
Love Influences For April:
Your love life is rather uneventful this month. Your failure or ability to overcome communication challenges this month will either break your relationship or make it stronger. Work on building a stronger relationship rather than trying to make it go to the next level.
2021's Numerology Influences For People Born On September 10...
7 Year Cycle — Materialization, Sabbatical, Placidity
2021's Emphasis: Flower — Blossom Time
This is the year of the flower where one sees just what kind of seed one planted back in the first cycle (success or failure). This can be a beautiful year or it can be a difficult one.
It’s at this time that you will be able to say, “yes, I made good decisions in my 1 year cycle” or you will say “oh my, why did I make that decision in my 1 year cycle”.
If you made wise decisions in your 1 year cycle then you will find this year to be peaceful and calm. But if you made foolish decisions in your 1 year cycle then you will find this year to be full of turmoil and you will feel suppressed.
Ultimately, you have no control over what blossoms this year as the flowers have already been programmed based on what you have planted in your 1 year cycle. You cannot make something happen within this year that has not already been programmed. In fact, this year, next year and the following year have all been programmed already and cannot be changed.
Spend the whole year, as needed, to enjoy the full bloom of your life or spend the time wisely investigating why your flower had rot in it. If your flower has rot in it, then do not worry, as you will have the opportunity to start again fresh in 2 years.
Although you cannot change that which has already been determined, what you can change or do this year is your action and reaction to the good or bad this year. With the good, stay balanced and grounded. With the bad, do not let it get you down and instead take the opportunity to learn from it so the next time your life flowers you see a rose rather than a weed.
It's important to take a bit of a rest this year. This does not mean you become lazy, but do take the time when required to rest and recuperate. This is, in many ways, a spiritual year or more importantly, a year in which you become introspective and examine who you are.
This is a good year to study, meditate, enjoy solitude, obtain spiritual fulfillment, etc.
Spending time alone in your home or in nature will help clear your mind when you are feeling confused and/or misunderstood.
This is a year in which your potential is revealed, but your potential does not come to fruition until next year. So relax a little this year as next year you need to take in the harvest and reap the rewards (or accept the failures if you failed to plant foolish seeds in your 1 year cycle). Whether you are set up for rewards or failure next year, you need to rejuvenate this year so you are ready mentally and physically for next year.
Health Influences For 2021:
Heart and respiratory conditions. A year in which you might feel misunderstood. Do some aerobic exercise.
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