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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In long past antiquity... in early Yogic lore, some 8000 years ago, the Rishis (wise men) noticed a direct correlation between what a man was called and the personality he displayed.
From the early beginnings this study was so profound, that it was kept secret until this century. This study began to grow and it grew into what we today know as Samkhya Yoga and Yantra Yoga.
Samkhya Yoga is the mathematical science to measure the movements of the heavens. It was displayed to the Learned Ones in great and beautiful symbols, but also in mathematical formulae, much in the same way as our scientists use the E=MC2 symbol to represent a very complex theory.
Yantra Yoga used the same mathematical formulas but brought them down to a personal level, whereby they could measure the base character and soul nature of an individual, plus his personality. The way he thought and the way he expressed. His environment and his destiny were all foretold in Yantra.
Discord and Harmony were also evident in the mathematical vibration of his name in relationship to his date of birth. Without the knowledge of Yantric balance each man was inevitable "fixed".
Not satisfied that man should be rigorously caged by a law so strong as to limit his ability to fulfill himself, they realized that because language was a power in itself, they could in effect harmonize his outer nature to his inner nature, by simply changing his name to a perfect mathematical balance; thus freeing him to express himself as nature intended him to.
Man is after all his Name. Ask any man who he is and he answers his name. He identifies with it. That name has a vibration to it, and that vibration is continually working on his brain cells. The complexity of the name configurations for that individual runs into the 500,000's. The great system of Yantra was born.
This system has been handed down from the early times from teacher to student. Unfortunately, like all good things, charlatans and snake oil salesmen got a hold of this wonder, and used the principle for their own gain. They did this by manipulating the name change to suit their own greed.
To this day there are a number of schools which have abdicated the scientific method of changing a name. Yantra is the original and only true way to harmonize one's nature. The teacher cannot manipulate its configuration.
With or without a study of all the Yogas, The Yantrics feel, that given a balanced name, it will allow that person's Atman (Higher Self) to have the expression it needs in this life time to gain Moksha (liberation).
Take my online name calculator test today to see if your name is in harmony with your date of birth.
Advanced lessons in Yantra Yoga along with other free Yogic lessons are available by request.
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