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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 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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IS CHRIST BURIED IN KASHMIR?

Sept 30,1978
SRINIGAR - Kashmir.

Tucked away down a muddy lane in the oldest part of Srinigar is an ancient tomb that many Moslems believe contains the remains of Jesus Christ. Their belief is that Christ, venerated by Moslems as a holy Prophet did not die on the cross but fled from Jerusalem to Kashmir with his Mother Mary, where he lived and preached and died at the age of 120. The Thesis which has been argued for more than 80 years is propagated principally by the evangelical Ahmadiyya sect, which has organized an international conference in London to discuss and attempt once again to prove it.

Some serious scholars here say there is pretty convincing circumstantial evidence to substantiate that Jesus did in fact spend at least part of his life in Kashmir and Tibet.

An old Persian inscription on a wooden tablet over the tomb says it is the last resting place of Yuz Asaf, who is identified in the classic manuscripts of this region as being the same person as the PROPHET Isa or Jesus.

The theory of Christ's burial in Kashmir was first put foreward by the Ahmadiyya movement in the writings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed, in a book called , Jesus in India, published in 1899. Ahmed contended that Jesus did not die on the cross . He escaped and journeyed with his Mother to India in search of the 10 lost tribes of Israel.

He quotes Christian as well as Moslem scriptures, old medical and historical texts and ancient Buddhist records in an attempt to show that Jesus travelled, via Persia, Afghanistan, Sind, Punjab, Kashmir and Tibet. The Ahmadiyya have published a mass of literature on the subject and have won some startling support for their theory.

Professor Mohammed Yasin, head of the post graduate dept of History at the Kashmir university, after studying the theory for three years, and although an opponent of Ahmadiyya , concluded that Jesus was indeed buried here in Kashmir.

This great discover has been hidden under so much religious controversy. Yasin supports the idea that Moses too is buried in Kashmir. Old Jewish graves are found all over Kashmir, and that Mary is the ancient hill station of Muree, now known as Mari - getting its name from Mary. There is strong evidence that because of place names and physical description that Kashmir and not Palestine was the Promised land of the Old Testament.

Yesin compares the Biblical Bethpoer with Bandipoor, now known as Behatpoor in Kashmir, and Mount Nebo with Naboo Hill which commands a fine view of the Kashmir Valley.

These writers say there is proof in writing found, and even writings in the Gospels, to prove that Jesus did not die on the cross. He was on the cross for only three to six hours, while death by crucifixion usually took three days or longer.

After several secret meetings with his disciples Jesus set out with Mary and Thomas for the East, on what was at that time an already well travelled route. Thomas travelled to South India, while Jesus and Mary travelled north.

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