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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 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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  1. Pale Blue - Turiya
    Absolute Reality, The no mind state
  2. Pale Yellow
    The waking state consciousness
  3. Deep Yellow
    The dream and deep sleep state
  4. Black
    The subconscious
  5. Medium Blue
    The astral plane
  6. Red
    The Lunar Plane
  7. Green
    Solar Plane
  8. Dark Blue
    The Ethereal Plane
  9. Grey
    Cosmic plane

Try and think of the Turiya state of attributeless consciousness as a circle with a center everywhere and a circumference nowhere.

All the other states having their attributes in the concomitant laws set up for them, through ego, avidya, and maya make it appear that the experiences one has, is in fact real while experiencing them.

You will notice that the objective waking state of consciousness is resting on top of Turiya, the dream and the subconscious state are resting within the waking state.

Most people think that everything we conceive comes out of the waking state objective world. In other words, the dream state is nothing more than an extension of this waking world.

When Ultimate Reality is experienced then that is known not to be true, but to the contrary, all the worlds are thrown out of the Turiya state. It is our job to get back there as quickly as possible. The job of the Yogi is to get to know the concomitant laws of each state that he must pass through, so that he can learn the way to awaken from each one at will. That way he then experiences each state of consciousness was an illusion.

To be caught up in the Astral world in a bad trip is pretty scary for the novitiate and if he hasn't been guided how to wake up and come back to the waking reality he can come to harm.

The other worlds do not hold that fear for an unsuspecting traveller amongst the stars. The danger here is stretching the silver cord which holds you to this physical body to the breaking point, because one wants to travel further and further into these nether worlds of consciousness.

It is hard for a novitiate to let go of these experiences as they are so delightful, as they are nothing more than another aspect of maya.

In all methods given by Yoga teachers there is always a tendency that one can get "lost" in a blank space and, without awareness, be thrown into some unsuspecting mental realm which is dangerous for him.

Under the guidance of the Atman, no harm can come. How is this possible, that the Atman can guide you? When one has harmonized through Yantra, the brain cells become rearranged in such a way that the connection to the Atman is pure and simple. For instance, if you want to transmit water, you use a water pipe. If you want to transmit Electricity efficiently you use wire.

Most peoples brains cells are like water and the Atman is transmitting electricity. You can imagine, scrambled eggs!

To allow the Atman to guide you, you must have a harmonized cell structure in the brain. That way, when Atman sends a proverbial message from inner self up to the brain of outer self, it is nice when the sender and receiver are on the same frequency.

Non of these worlds really exist - it is only their appearance that exists, and we, by being attached to the concomitant laws of each realm, become trapped into a sense of reality about them.

It is not always true that these worlds are visited only in meditation. A schizophrenic not knowing what is happening to him becomes caught up in the Astral world and his illusory people or visions become real only to him as he walks down the street, shouting obscenities. It all takes place in the mind. He was thrown into the Astral deeper realms of his mind before he was ready to wake up from it, as we can awaken from a dream.

It is hard for a neophyte to understand that being all one, like one huge cell, that has, through ego, divided itself, thinks itself unique and separate and thus gets trapped into his unreal visions and this waking world is one of our visions. We really do believe it to be real.

Science is getting ahead of Spirit in this sense, as there are too many scientist that now know the illusory quality of this waking world. Of course it is all scientific and they don't know how to wake up from it into Turiya and have that Bliss experience, but still it is a start to know intellectually what they are up against.

Some have written me and stated that the experience of Bliss is nothing more than a sub experience which is rooted in this waking world realty, and in a sense that is true. Imagine for instance an amnesiac having flashbacks of his life forgotten while he is living his present life known.

A very disconcerting time for him, and in a sense attaining samadhi is much like that. The flash of Union immerses one so much into the experience of Bliss that the now time of the waking world is forgotten altogether, and more interestingly the time of Bliss cannot be known. It can only be experienced. When the seer and the act of seeing and the object seen become one, the seer is diminished non existent.

In this sense, the moment one returns to the waking state world of concomitance, one can then associate it as though it was like this or like that. In other words when explaining Bliss, because of it's attributeless nature, it must be related to something else and thus becomes second hand.

That is why no master can say he is a master. It is a contradictory.

By the same token you cannot recognize a Master except that you are one yourself for truly, you and the other are the same one cell. Thus as we judge others we are in fact only judging ourselves, as each one of the "cells" is a mirror held up in front of us.

there are novitiates who recognize their teacher as God incarnate and who will glamorize their guru as a Master when he is not, until they discover he has done something abhorrent to them usually a sexual act or an obvious act of greed. The shame is not that the teacher acted as his nature intended, but that the novitiate idealized and was thus disappointed a natural outcome to all ideals.

One must eventually get over this business of looking for Masters or trying to become one, because eventually one experiences Turiya themselves and then realizes that all is in a state of perfection - even you, and there is in fact nothing to attain.

What we are doing by studying Yoga is learning how to wake up. That is all. You all know how hard it is to wake a young man up to go to school. It is almost as though he has been drugged. He has to learn how to get up at the first call if he is to get on in this world. Well Yoga tries to wake you up to your own perfection and to the fact that you were dreaming this life with all it's attached worlds, and that you can leave those dreams behind, wake up and reside in self while still living out your dharma in this life time.

I don't mean by saying that, that there is any other lifetime. Just because we have other sleep nights, and we have beginnings and endings, and people do not like to think they do not go on forever, there is a huge tendency to think also that this life is one of many.

In the former cases we know we have existed while we slept and while we were awake. In the latter case we have no other lives to relate with. We have no memory of our death or our birth, so it is comforting to dream them into existence by engaging our wondrous imaginations, and so we have people who specialize in telling you what your past life was. Invariably it was a prince or an Egyptian slave (very romantic) or some royal lady in waiting, but who ever heard of one being a whore or some lowly beggar of which the world was heavily populated just two to three hundred years ago and earlier.

The imaginative process is linked to the Akashic record. To pick up what has always been there is not without possibility, but to link it with someone in particular in the present day or some long past age, is nothing more than fancy. It is this, along with an individuals wish to have been here before and thus exist yet again, that gives rise to other lives and re-incarnation.

You have this one life and you can awake into Turiya now. The mere idea that you are looking for God union, or that you need a certain number of years to find him, or have to do a certain number of techniques to unite with him is an illusion. God is not lost. You don't have to find Him. You just have to wake up.

One of the techniques a Mother uses to wake her sleepy son is to pour cold water on him. Another technique Grandmothers used was to repetitiously call a young man's name over and over again in the most gratingly shrill voice, that was paused just enough time for one to almost go back to sleep again and then, another onslaught.

In moments like those I almost hated my Grandmother, but I knew she had me. It wasn't many days with Grandmother before I jumped up on the first call. I refused to be tortured anymore.

These few techniques and newsletters I give you are wake up calls. One day within three years, you will be able to throw everything out as you will have awakened.

You are already perfect. You cannot deny your own existence, and as you cannot remember your birth time, nor death time, you are ever existent. When you awaken you will be ever conscious and that will lead to being ever blissful.



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