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Swami Harinanda

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 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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Swami Gitanandaji - my teacher and my swami.Swami Gitanandaji

This great friend of mine who taught me Yantra Yoga in the 50's was also to become a great Master. His forte was in the magic of his speech. He had opened his fifth center to such a degree that speaking endlessly on any given Yogic topic was a miracle to behold. He was one of the great teachers of this century.
RamanaRamana Maharshi

The greatest Gnani (Jnani) of the early part of this century. Just being in his presence and receiving his "look" altered people's lives forever. Ramana taught in silence, a feat that is substantiated by millions of people so affected by his "look".

He has been called the greatest spiritual teacher of the nineteenth century. A true and great Bhakti Yogi. Read the book on his life notated by his disciple and attendant M.

Master Mahsaya who wrote Ramakrishna life story since he knew him, wrote under the name of M. For a great Yogic read, get that book.

Yogananda ParamahansaParamahansa Yogananda

The essence of Cosmic Love. Yogananda could sweep an entire audience with such a sweeping movement of love, that his goodness virtually changed people's lives. He was the great initiator of Kriya Yoga in the west. His capacity for work, for writing and for organizing one of the great Yoga foundations in the world, The Self Realization Fellowship, surely makes him a complete Yogi, encompassing in his activities all the yogas into one great life.

The man who changed everything and gave us "Choiceless Awareness". A late 20th century Gnani. A man who taught us how to "Listen". A man who lectured tirelessly all over the world.
DR. M.W. Lewis (1892 - 1960)

My Kriya Initiator, Master Yogi, Dr. Lewis, put me in to a state of Samadhi with the slightest tap to the heart center. That singular experience was enough to propel me forward on to a Yogic Life.

Dr. Lewis's stentorian voice had such a ringing quality to it that I often thought what a great singer he would have made. He was a no nonsense type of man that insisted with absolute clarity that visions of lights and sugar plum fairies were a hindrance to one's Yogic development.

Of all the Masters I have had the good fortune to meet and study under, Dr. Lewis seemed to me to have the most beneficent of Spiritual authorities. Dr. Lewis was an in line Yogi of that famous Babaji-Lahiri Myasha-Sri Yukteswar-Paramahansa Yogananda line. He was Paramahansa's first disciple in America.

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