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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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MILK: NATURAL?

Dairy products are considered a dietary staple by many, yet they are neither a necessary nor a desirable part of a healthy human diet. For those who wish to avoid meat for ethical and/or health reasons, dairy products are a poor substitute.

Whole cow's milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves who, unlike human babies, double their weight in 47 days (as opposed to 180 for humans), grow four healthy stomachs, and weigh 300 pounds within a year. Cow's milk contains about three times as much protein as human milk and almost 50 percent more fat. Despite the clever advertising of the dairy industry, it is not "natural" for humans to drink cow's milk. No other species drinks milk beyond infancy, and no other species drinks the milk of another species (except domestic cats and dogs, who are taught the habit). After four years of age, most people develop lactose intolerance, the inability to digest the carbohydrate lactose (found in milk), because they no longer synthesize the digestive enzyme lactase. Consuming dairy products after early childhood can cause diarrhea, gas, and cramps.(1)

Liquid Meat:

In addition to being an unnatural food for humans, cow's milk, like other dairy products, is unhealthful. John A. McDougall, M.D., calls dairy foods "liquid meat" because their nutritional contents are so similar. Rich in fat and cholesterol, dairy products, including cheese, milk, butter, cream, yogurt, and whey (found in many margarines and commercial baked goods), contribute to the development of heart disease, certain cancers, and stroke-our nation's three deadliest killers-and even osteoporosis, as studies have repeatedly shown.

Osteoporosis is bone loss due to calcium resorption, which, contrary to the protestations of the dairy industry, is not halted or prevented by an increase in the intake of calcium so much as by a drop in protein consumption. High-protein foods, such as meat, eggs, and dairy products, leach calcium from the body as excess protein is processed by the liver and passed through the kidneys, making the kidneys work harder and causing the loss of minerals such as calcium.(2) Societies with little or no consumption of dairy foods and animal proteins show low incidences of osteoporosis. Furthermore, Dr. McDougall notes, "Calcium deficiency caused by an insufficient amount of calcium in the diet is not known to occur in humans."(3)

Other illnesses are more prevalent among those who consume significant amounts of dairy products than among vegans. Ninety percent of asthma patients who were put on a completely vegetarian diet (without meat, eggs, or dairy products) experienced great improvements in the frequency and severity of their attacks.(4) Dairy products are also the leading cause of food allergies and have been implicated in congestive heart failure, neonatal tetany, tonsil enlargement, ulcerative colitis, Hodgkin's disease, and respiratory, skin, gastrointestinal, and behavioral problems.(5)

It's a Cow's Life:

At least half of the 10 million cows kept for milk in the United States live on factory farms, in conditions that cause tremendous suffering to the animals. They do not spend hours grazing in fields but live crowded into concrete floored milking pens or barns, where they are milked two or three times a day by machines.

Milking machines often cause cuts and injuries that would not occur were a person does the milking. These injuries abet the development of mastitis, a bacterial infection common to the dairy industry. In a handbook for dairy farmers, a photo caption warns that "Increasing severity of mastitis results in progressive deterioration of milk quality," causing losses of at least half a billion dollars per year.(6) More than 20 different types of bacteria cause the infection, which is easily spread from one cow to another and which, if left unchecked, can cause death.

In some cases, milking machines give cows repeated electrical shocks, causing them considerable discomfort, fear, and impairment of their immune systems, sometimes leading to death. A single farm can lose several hundred cows to uncontrolled electric shocking.(7) However, milking machines are used anyway, because they save labor, enabling a single farm worker to milk 86 cows in two hours.(8)

The number of cows raised for milk dropped from almost 22 million in 1950 to 10.8 million in 1980, yet the amount of milk produced rose from 116 billion pounds to 128 billion.(9) As a result, the average cow of the 1980s produced about twice as much milk as her counterpart of the 1950s. To produce 24 quarts of milk per day, cows are fed more than 81 pounds of food (including grain, hay, and silage - corn, sorghum, grass, and legumes) plus 45 gallons of water every day.(10) In 1983 the U.S. government stored 17 billion pounds of surplus "milk equivalent" (milk, cheese, and butter), at a cost to taxpayers of $2.5 billion for 1983.(11) Efforts to prevent farms from going under have cost the U.S. government more than a billion dollars a year in price support programs.(12)

Cows of the 1990s live only about four to five years, as opposed to the life expectancy of 20 - 25 years enjoyed by cows of an earlier era. To keep the animals at high levels of productivity, dairy farmers keep them pregnant constantly through the use of artificial insemination. Farmers also use an array of drugs, including bovine growth hormone (BGH); prostaglandin, which is used to bring a cow into heat whenever the farmer wants to have her inseminated; antibiotics; and even tranquilizers, to influence the productivity and behavior of the cows.

About 15% of dairy cows are routinely injected with BGH(13), which increases milk production by up to 20 percent, causing cows' udders to become so heavy and swollen that they can drag along the ground. A full udder can weigh 60 pounds and hold 50 pounds of milk. (14) The cows' accidental stepping on their udders causes the teats to become injured and infected, resulting in mastitis. Fortunately, responding to pressure by groups representing animal rights, consumer protection, small farms, and environmental interests, five of the largest supermarket companies in the United States have asked their suppliers not to ship them milk from cows given the drug.(15) BGH aggravates lameness, because it causes cows to become so heavy. Cement flooring and the high-energy diet also contribute to the problems.

What Happens to the Calf?

Perhaps the greatest pain suffered by cows of the dairy industry is the repeated loss of their young. Female offspring may join the ranks of the milk producers, but the males are generally taken from their mothers within 24 hours of birth, before they have drunk any of their mothers' milk, and sold at auction either for the notorious veal industry or to beef producers. If the calf is killed when young, his fourth stomach is also used in cheese making; it contains rennin, an enzyme used to curdle (or coagulate) milk to turn it into cheese.

Rennet, the membrane of which rennin is an extract, can also be used in this process. It is possible to make rennetless cheese (available at health food stores), but the close connection between the dairy, veal, and leather industries makes it cheaper for cheese producers to use calf parts than a vegetable-derived enzyme.

Within 60 days the cow will be impregnated again. "If a cow hasn't dried up just before calving, farmers often give her a few days' rest. Some feel that a month or so rest period is valuable but others see that as a waste of time."(16) For about seven months of her next nine month pregnancy, she will continue to be milked for the fluid meant for her older calf. A typical factory farmed dairy cow will give birth three or four times in her short life. When her milk production wanes, she is sent to slaughter, most likely to be ground up into fast food burgers.(17)

Alternatives:

Try rice or soy milks instead.

For calcium supplement alternatives, consider eating tahini. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds and is the sesame seed alternative to peanut butter.

Another calcium alternative is seaweed. Not only does seaweed contain calcium, but other important nutrients like iodine which helps to regulate the thyroid.

Skim milk is known to have about 121 mg of calcium per 100 grams.

Sesame seeds are know to have about 1,160 mg of calcium per 100 grams.

Seaweed is know to have about 1,093 mg of calcium per 100 grams.

Clearly, a small amount of Tahini or seaweed will go a long way to providing more calcium in a healthier form than milk.

References:

  1. McDougall, John A., M.D., and Mary A. McDougall, The McDougall Plan, New Century Publishers, Inc., pp. 49-51.
  2. McDougall, op.cit., p. 100.
  3. McDougall, op.cit., p. 52.
  4. Robbins, John, Diet for a New America, Stillpoint Publishing, 1987, p. 300.
  5. 5.McDougall, op.cit., pp. 49-50.
  6. USDA Farmers Bulletin No. 2253, 1973.
  7. Anderson, Jack, and Dale Van Atta, "Stray Voltage Killing U.S. Dairy Cows," The Washington Post, Aug. 9, 1989.
  8. USDA, "People on the Farm: Dairying," 1981, p.1.
  9. Ibid, p.4.
  10. "Dairy Cow Is Nature's Milk Factory," Bristol Herald Courier, July 21, 1983.
  11. Time, Nov. 21, 1983.
  12. "Dairyman's Pail Runneth Over," Insight, Dec. 7, 1987.
  13. "Business Bulletin," The Wall Street Journal, March 16, 1995, p. A1.
  14. "Dairy Cow Is Nature's Milk Factory," op.cit.
  15. Day, Kathleen, "Dairy, Consumer Groups Udderly at Odds on Cow Hormone," The Washington Post, May 2, 1995, p. D1.
  16. Dairying, op.cit., p. 3.
  17. Mason, Jim, "And a Cow Jumped Over the Moon," Animals' Voice, Feb. 1989, p. 46.

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