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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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This Yoga has been treated bad in the west.

Classes held in Hatha Yoga are usually no more than a keep slim and get fit sessions. In addition, most of the practitioners and teachers don't really know what they are doing. The result being that a great deal of damage can be done.

Chakras can be opened out of order, causing a great deal of mental torment, and in the end, a turning away from what Yoga is really all about.

No one should start this study unless his teacher is capable of taking him or her on to the next and further stages of Yoga. In this way it becomes an integrated study.

There are a number of major asanas, or postures. Nine in fact, and from these nine, they grow to about forty minor ones and two hundred lesser ones.

Given the proper training a student will develop a trained will and vital health. When these posture are mastered, and the chakras have been vitalized and opened in their proper order, then one can do as PatanJali says, "Find a comfortable seat."

With the body poised, controlled and absolutely still, the tremendous energy of the Kundalini force can be lifted up the Shushumna canal in the spine and through each of the chakras in proper order, where It can finally unite with the thousand petal (sarashahara center) lotus at the top of the head.

This is the center that is so vulnerable in baby's head. Hatha Yoga is used primarily to awaken the Kundalini force situated in the Muladhara center. It is here where the three and a half coils of the serpent force lies coiled and dormant.

Situated between the anus and the sexual organs this power within everyone needs to be awakened before a true Spiritual journey can take place. Once it has been awakened, it is then lifted to the second center.

Feel free to continue reading about the other Yogas:

  1. Hatha Yoga

  2. Gnana Yoga

  3. Prana Yoga

  4. Karma Yoga

  5. Raja Yoga

  6. Mudra Yoga

  7. Bhakti Yoga

  8. Laya Yoga

  9. Kriya Yoga

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