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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September's Numerology Influences For People Born On September 4...
The seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted (started) in July begin to show their first signs of life above ground this month. It’s as if your seeds are starting to grow their first leaves and/or shoots (manifestation). You finally start to see the early signs of success. But the successes and growth you see this month may be stunted.
Hopefully you planted good (wise) seeds in July otherwise instead of seeing the early signs of a beautiful botanical garden (success); you will see the early signs of a garden that will be full of weeds (failures).
This is a month of expression, especially creatively, romantically and in terms of business. Emotions can be draining at times this month so take care of your health.
Like all young plants, you are susceptible to subtle changes in the climate. If you do not keep your immune system strong then your plants (life plan / life choices) will be more susceptible to disease (challenges) and during this month, you will be tested someway. Any aspect of your life could be tested but most likely it will have to do with your relationship or business.
Life will present you with situations in which you will feel that luck is your friend in both business and romance. Go with the flow. Be easy going and relaxed but not so relaxed that you become careless. A careless approach to life this month will cause you to end up being unlucky in love and having money come in one pocket and right out the other.
A cheerful and positive approach to life this month will help you end this year with a positive mindset.
A feeling of impatience is highlighted this month.
This is a good month to have a good laugh, socialize, attend parties and just have some fun. But do avoid situations that may put you in quarrelsome situations and/or arguments.
Also avoid over indulgences.
Keynotes For September:
The seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted in July begin to show their first signs of life above ground (manifestation) this month. But it’s as if nature is creating some stormy weather (challenges / tests) that is making your plants more susceptible than normal to changes in temperature. As a result, this month you want to find creatively steadfast solutions to whatever challenges you experience. Be ambitiously un–ambitious in your efforts so you also make your plant (life plan / life choices) stronger. A relaxed, stress free approach to life this month will help you overcome any of the tests or challenges you experience. Challenges will relate primarily to romance and/or business, but could relate to any aspect of your life including health. Avoid the temptation of wanting immediate results and success. Success this month will be limited. Staying organized will allow you to easily determine which shoots are weeds (foolish ideas manifesting) and which ones are roses (wise ideas manifesting). Choose to build a rose garden.
Love Influences For September:
Your love life will be romantically unromantic this month. There will be flirting, romance and lots of fun yet it seems to go nowhere. 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. You can help negate any impact a test may have on your relationship this month by employing an easy–going friendly approach. At the same time, let whatever challenges you face this month simply roll like water off a duck’s back.
2021's Numerology Influences For People Born On September 4...
1 Year Cycle — The Start, Beginning
2021's Emphasis: Seeding Time — Planting Time — Starting Point
This is the 1st year of a 9 year cycle. It’s time to start something new, not just in action, but more importantly in thought.
All actions ultimately begin with a thought and so you want to ensure you’re
There is no formal law that says you need to
Although you can start something completely new, ideally you want to build upon the successes of the last 9 years to fortify, strengthen and solidify your life going forward.
Sow seeds of ambition even if that means the ambition to replace a negative with a positive.
This is an absolutely crucial year as what you
Note well that you must make every effort to carry through the full 9 year cycle of what you start this year. Do not uproot your plant (life plan) in the 4th year. 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.
If you fail to start something new by not planting seeds, then nature will force you out next year and choose for you. But be warned, if you do not plant seeds this year, then you may not like what nature chooses for you next year.
This is a rather positive, albeit, slightly slow year. Examples of things you may want to consider starting or planning include anything new such as an engagement and/or marriage, child planning, new job or career, moving to a new city, schooling or education, new name, changing lifestyle and so on. Most of the seeds you plant this year won’t take root (begin to develop) until next year.
Health Influences For 2021:
Head and feet problems. Be careful that you do not trip and hit your head more than normal throughout this year.
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