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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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"WHO AM I"

1. I am not the physical body, nor the senses, nor the mind, nor the state of ignorance in sleep. When all the aforementioned are rejected, THAT which alone remains am I. It is pure Awareness, the Self which is Sat-Chit-Ananda.

2. The pure Self is not realized unless the mind subsides. The mind is nothing but a bundle of thoughts, and the first and foremost of all thoughts is the primal ' I '-thought. Therefore, it is only through the enquiry '* Who am It" does the mind subside. To keep the mind constantly turned within and to abide thus in the Self is alone Self- enquiry.

3. By steady and continuous investigation into the nature of the mind, the mind is transformed into THAT to which the ' I' refers, and that is verily the Self.

4. That which" arises in the physical body as * I', is the mind. If one enquires whence this I-ness first arises, it" will be found that it is the Heart or Hridayam.

5. Restraint of the out-going mind and its absorption in the Heart is known as Antarmukha- drishii or introversion. When the mind becomes absorbed in the Heart, the * I' or ego vanishes; and pure Consciousness or Self which subsists during all the states of the mind alone remains resplendent. This state, where there is not the slightest trace of the * 1 '-thought is one's true Swarupa. And that is called Quiescence or Mouna; that is also true Wisdom.

6. The Self alone exists ; and the Self alone is real. Verily the Self alone is the world, the ' I' and God. All that exists is but the manifestation of the Supreme Being.

7. Firm and disciplined inherence in the Self does verily constitute self-surrender to the Supreme Lord. Let any amount of burden be laid on Him. He doth bear it all.

8. That which is Bliss is verily the Self. Bliss and the Self are one and identical. And THAT alone is real. Not even in one of the countless objects of world is there anything that can be called happiness. This phenomenal world is nothing but thought. When the mind is free from thought it enjoys the Bliss of the Self- The mind of the Enlightened One never exists apart from the Self Absolute or Brahman.

9. God and Guru are one. He that has earn- ed the Grace of the Guru shall undoubtedly be saved and never forsaken.   But the disciple, for his part. should follow the path shown by the Master.

10. Likes and dislikes, love and hatred, are equally to be eschewed- It is not proper to let the mind rest often on the objects or affairs of mundane life. If the ego subsides all else will also subside. The deeper the humility with which we conduct ourselves, the better it is for us. Every- thing that is offered to others is really an offering to oneself. Not to desire anything extraneous to oneself is Vairagya or Dispassion. Not to give up one's hold on the Self is Jnana or Enlightenment. Thus Vairagya and Jnana are really one and the same. Pledged to Vairagya, every aspirant must dive deep into himself and realize the precious Atman, the Self Absolute.

Bhaoavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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