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 September 13...
The seeds (thought and ideas) you planted (started) in August really begin to grow this month. It’s as if your plants (life plan / life choices) are rapidly growing new branches (structure).
This is a refreshing month as November was more restrictive. But take care that too much is not done all at once. Focus on one thing at a time as the influences of this month might cause you to race ahead. If you let your thoughts and action get out of control, then your life will get twisted.
If you were a farmer, then this month you would be pruning your plants. It’s important to prune this month so your life does not get out of control, whether in thought or in action. This allows you to stay strong by not wasting energy on unnecessary growth.
The positive aspects of this month are rapid change, freedom and creativity. The negative aspects are chaos, scattered thoughts and self–destruction. Staying in control and remaining strong will allow you to emphasize the positive.
Do some deep breathing this month to help calm the mind and to keep your lungs healthy.
There is definitely a lot happening this month. Hence, you need to be like a tornado or a hurricane… lots of activity on the outside but the eye of the storm is always perfectly calm.
This is a month of impulsive travel, adventure and investigation.
Situations this month might make you feel or act more charitable than normal. But watch that you are not put into situations that make you charitable with your anger.
Keynotes For December:
You will be tempted to grow the branches (life structure) of your plants (life plan / life choices) way too fast this month. There is nothing wrong with growing fast when you stay in control. If you do not stay in control then you will burn out from severely drained energies. Pruning the dead, diseased or dying parts from your plant (life plan / life choices) will allow the healthy branches in your life to obtain maximum growth. Implement only one or two ideas at a time before moving on to the next. Be careful in all that you do. Be safety conscious this month. Scattered thoughts can cause you to have many accidents. Pay attention when driving or doing anything that requires attention. Next month is not only a new year, but also the start of a new 9–year influence. End this year with healthy growth because next month will provide a test or examination.
Love Influences For December:
Relationships can easily grow fast this month, but you must keep your relationship under control. If you fail to keep your relationship under control then you will find yourself no longer interested in your partner. Do not drain your energies this month as it will only lead to chaos in your relationship. Stay in control otherwise you will feel “relationship burn out”.
2020's Numerology Influences For People Born On September 13...
9 Year Cycle — Reflection
2020'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 2020:
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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