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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June's Numerology Influences For People Born On September 4...
This is a rather uneventful month. That’s not a bad thing; it’s just the way it is or more importantly, the way it should be.
What you want to do this month is continue nourishing (developing) the seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted (started) last month.
If you were a farmer, then this month you would be watering your seeds. You should also ensure they get the proper amount of sunlight and nutrition. By doing this, your seeds (thoughts and ideas) develop (grow) and take root (build a foundation). The primary emphasis should be on developing a strong root system.
But do not develop your plant (life plan / life choices) too fast this month. Avoid over–watering (scattered thoughts) whether intentionally or accidentally. Stay focussed so you refrain from watering the same plant twice in one day as this can lead to root rot (destruction).
If nothing constructive was started last month then nature will force you out. Therefore, hopefully you decided on something so nature does not have to decide for you. There is no guarantee that you will like what nature will start if you did not start something constructive.
Further your efforts to improve all aspects of your life through social contacts, diplomacy and associations with others.
This is a good month to work on your home, purchase some material comforts and/or enjoy the material comforts you already have.
Do walk away from arguments this month. There is no need for it. Remember to embrace diplomacy and tact. The people who you might want to argue with could possibly become a good friend and/or someone who can help you improve an aspect of your life. Build allies rather than rivals.
This is a month in which you should take care of your health.
Keynotes For June:
You want to encourage the seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted (started) last month to grow a root system (foundation) more rapidly than normal this month. But, if you are not careful the result can be root entanglement (chaos) and/or long thin roots that are more susceptible to disease (weak ideas). This can lead to you inadvertently damaging, destroying or delaying the growth of your plant (life plan / life choices). This month’s theme is rapid but controlled growth. It’s as if you are a gardener who is giving your young plants a good dose of fertilizer to encourage more rapid growth, especially root system growth. But, if you give too much fertilizer, then it can actually cause “fertilizer burn” that damages or kills your plant. Scattered thoughts and a lack of focus can easily contribute to this problem. A lack of focus may cause you to give too much fertilizer or to fertilize the same plant twice. Stay focussed and in control of your actions. If you do not stay in control then this month can cause you to feel drained. Think clearly. Garden wisely.
Love Influences For June:
Relationships can easily grow fast this month, but you must keep your relationship under control so you develop a strong foundation. If you fail to keep your relationship under control then you will find your relationship will have a weak foundation that can cause your relationship to either fail or be tested in August. Do not drain your energies this month, as it will only lead to frustrations in your relationship.
2023's Numerology Influences For People Born On September 4...
3 Year Cycle — Expression, Manifestation
2023's Emphasis: Tender Shoots Begin To Appear
This year starts out with wonderful promise, as it is a time of new growth. You notice success in the new venture you started in your 1 year cycle.
This can be, relatively speaking, a very good year financially but it is inclined to be too promising and in your optimism you are inclined to spend too much and live too lavishly thus saving no money. As they say, money will come in one pocket and go right out the other.
This is the year of luck and you might find yourself in a situation that offers a change near the end of the year. But, it might not be wise for you to follow through with this change. As you head into next year, you need stability and choosing or accepting the change later in this year can potentially lead to instability.
This year is best described as the seeds (thoughts and ideas) you planted in your 1 year cycle beginning to express themselves like a plant showing its leaves for the first time above ground. This is, therefore, the year in which you really begin to see your ideas showing their first sign of growth.
The creativity of your ideas begins to show. However, make sure your ideas are not too extravagant as there is a tendency for your ideas to be too creative during this year.
Grow your ideas as much as you can during this year and build a strong foundation in preparation for the next year, as it will be a test year.
This year is referred to as the
While this is, relatively speaking, a good year financially, this is not a good year to invest. It is better to save your money and/or to sell items you do not need, want or that can earn you some money.
Although this year can close with great disappointment due to plans you counted on not materializing, still have fun this year. The change that you counted on or hoped for won't happen until the end of next year.
Flirting, romance and love are highlighted this year. But be warned, choosing a bad relationship will cause you to feel unlucky in love.
Avoid impulsive decisions. This year is simply a glimpse of your future success.
Health Influences For 2023:
This year can be very emotional and thus you need to strengthen your immune system. Cleanse the liver this year. Do pranayama breathing techniques to help your lungs. Skin problems can be problematic this year. Watch that you do not overindulge in food, especially in sweets and “comfort” foods.
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