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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The following are some newsletters you can read and print at will.
The newsletters should be read in the order they are presented:
PREVENT ASTRAL TRAVELLING
You can help prevent the body from astral travelling by placing a picture of a master yogi, your favourite spiritual master or a picture of the sacred lotus flower on the wall that is directly in front of the foot of your bed.
What happens is that while you are sleeping at night, your astral body will tend to raise upward and then outward from your physical body. This can make you work while you are sleeping and not get proper rest. You can be taken to parts of the mind which are frightening, and this can keep you awake. Having a picture of one of the above suggestions will then remind your astral body that it is a time to rest. Your astral body will then not astral travel. In turn this allows you a better night's sleep.
If you do not have a picture of a master yogi or a spiritual master, then you can always draw your own lotus flower and place it on the wall at the foot of your bed. For your convenience, here are 4 pictures you can print. Place one or more of these pictures on the wall facing the foot of your bed:
HATHA YOGA PICTURES
To see pictures of a student doing the Hatha Yoga poses properly, simply download the pictures.
Please note, the download time for the pictures is about 3 minutes on a slower Internet connection.
In order to access the pictures, you will also need Winzip installed on your computer. If you do not have Winzip, you can download it for free from winzip.com.
HATHA YOGA INFORMATION
When people think of Hatha Yoga, they think of stretching poses known as asanas. This book however, written by Yogi Ramacharaka in 1905 deals with another aspect of Hatha Yoga which is just plain and simple healthy living.
This book will teach you about good diet, hygiene, breathing, posture and other simple things that help improve your overall health. Since this book doesn't deal with stretching, regardless of your physical condition, you can implement some of the lessons learnt into your every day life.
Spelling errors in the original text have not been corrected, and are instead marked with "[sic]".
This book is available through the public domain and may be used freely for non-commercial purposes.
Please note, while there is a lot of beneficial information in this book, the teachings in this book are not necessarily those of Swami Harinanda and are not necessarily endorsed by Swami Harinanda. This information is provided so students have the opportunity to see what other Yogis such as Yogi Ramacharaka, a famous and well respected Yogi, taught in the late 1800's.
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