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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Sitting around listening to Swami Gitananda tell his stories passed on from his guru was always fascinating. He always had a unique slant to everything and whether one believed the tales or not, they were always unique and not told by anyone else.
THE PARTING OF THE RED SEA
Contained within and around the spine are three vehicles. On each side of the spine are spiritual nerves called Nadis. The one on the left is called the Ida and the one on the right is called the pingala.
Up the center of the spine there is a physical channel called the Shushumna canal.
When one is in meditation, and especially performing Kriya, one awakens the vital forces in the coccyx center at the base of the spine, called Kundalini, or shakti power. With special breathing techniques, this Shakti is lifted up the Shushumna, by first neutralizing the polar effects of the Ida and Pingala nerves.
When Shakti has been lifted in to the head and awakened , or when it stimulates the Pineal and Pituitary gland, they both secrete a hormone. The pineal is a milky fluid and the Pituitary is a creamy colored one. This is known from the Bible as the land of Milk and Honey.
The uniting of these two fluids causes a brilliant flash in the Ajana center (the third eye or the Star of Bethlehem), then flows down the pancreatic nerve (The River Jordan, the Holy river) to the third center (navel center ,the Manger) where Christ Consciousness is born in man. At this point one can say as did Jesus, that he was the Son of God. This potent state of awareness illuminates the whole body with light, and this light energy is then lifted to the top of the cranium where one unites with God. (I and the Father are one.)
It doesn't seem plausible at this point that all the scriptures are an allegory on the workings of these Divine Principles within each one of us, yet because such few people understood what had been written, that allegory was found to be the way of information. We can then see why in fact the scriptures were written in such a manner.
In those days we can understand the need for moral codes, and after all what more are religious doctrines than prescriptive tomes to aid man to live a better ,healthier and happier life . We can understand the need for restraint, and even renunciation, but if one isn't capable of adhering to the basic precepts of scripture, it then becomes impossible to begin this Herculean task. To walk this way, one must deny himself, not life itself, but deny that which has removed his sense of eternal Bliss. That denial takes progressively different forms in everyone. It begins though, with Patanjali's famous aphorism, "Abhyassa of the Chitti Vritti". This simply means, "Restraint and control of all Mental fluctuations. With that slow beginning one can go on to it's fulfillment, "Chitta Vritti Nihoda" Meaning - Total annihilation of all mental fluctuation.
It is noted in Revelations that 144000 shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven. This has been misinterpreted and misused for centuries. In the original Greek it is stated that those which shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven shall be of the Alpha Gamma Gamma Beta. There was no way in which that could be translated, but In the early Greek language Alpha was the first and most predominate letter of the alphabet, (The Father) while Gamma represented the earthly fourth principle, (the Son) and Beta designated infinity (The Holy Ghost). Those that encompassed the entire aspect of the Divine Man represented by the total of the numbers 144000, which totals to number 9, were the ones which would inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. This number 9, according to Yantra Yoga is the number of Divinity.
The mark of the beast - 666 has created other confusions, and a lot of trouble for certain nations and peoples - for the finger has been pointed at various countries and empires as exemplifying, quite wrongly, the beast. It's quite easily understood when one knows the science of Yantra Yoga and the Cycles or Yugas as explained by Sri Yukteswar.
The duration of the world cycle is designated by Yugas, with the evolutionary period being 6000 years duration and the involution period being the same, giving the grand cycle a total of 12000 years duration. At the apex of this great circle it is designated as 999. The three 9's infer Infinite Divinity. It's here where we are united in Spirit. As the cycle involutes to it's bottom position, The Kali Yuga Age, those 999's take their upside down position and become 666, thus representing that period of the earths transition through it's individual yugas culminating in the beastliness of man throughout the dark ages, the Kali Yuga age.
The cycle of the beast is known as the Kali Yuga Age. Fortunately as explained in great detail by Swami Yukteswarji we have long since entered into the intermediate cycle called the Dwapara Yuga. Man has left the mark of the beast behind him, and can look forward to an ever expanding consciousness, which ultimately will be uplifted. The scientific and the Spiritual will become more and more closely united as man realizes that the microcosm of his body directly reflects none other than the great Macrocosm of the entire Cosmos.
We shall begin to see with absolute clarity the reality of finding and uniting with God or Self by following the course of the symbolic River Ganges and or Jordan, through the seven churches (chakras) in the Shushumna Canal, up to our homeland Israel, the thousand petalled Lotus and the joy and fulfillment of Sat-Chit-Ananda. There lies the Heaven within us. It is all physical, locked within our bodies and our brains, ready to be released for those that have the ears to hear. To go on being blatantly duped by following the literal meaning of the scriptures, while ignoring knowledge and common sense, is an endless road of knocking your head against a brick wall. Some few people have managed to break through, by the Grace of the Param Atman (The Higher Self) and their own efforts, but the time is fast approaching where vast multitudes will take the way of the hidden Yoga.
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