I finally listened to this book after attempting to read it multiple times and it has got to be one of the most disappointing books I have ever read. I don't understand how this book has such high ratings or why it is so popular. I suspect the high ratings come from people who did not actually read the book, they just wanted to be part of this Paramahansa Yohananda cult. Maybe something got lost in translation and the original Hindi script tells a different story. This book did not have much to do with yoga as you might be led to believe. Stick with books by Eckhart Tolle or Paulo Ceolho for profound insight on living an inspired, enlightened life.
Absolutely not, even if every other book on Earth burned to ashes, I would never subject myself to his wordy nonsense.
It's basically this guy who tells stories of miracles that Yoga practitioners were able to do (including blessed self, of course), without ever explaining what is Yoga. He keeps mentioning "through special Yoga techniques" without mentioning what are those special techniques.
I can't believe that Steve Jobs read this book once a year; it's in general superficial and has stories that would drive you nuts for how stupid they are.
Do yourself a favor and just forget it.
OK so you want to better understand the thinking of the other side of the world. Not so long ago America welcomed these divergent ideas in a spirit of naive discovery and wonder. The Chattauqua lectures were happening on the east coast and Big Sur was a colony of artistic thinkers and lifestyle experiments. And P. Yogananda , having discovered the discipline/ritual/extacy of an enlightened life brought it to America and we loved it. This is the story of how one person developed to become a spiritual leader for millions. It makes sense to see his life unfold.
I found this to be a wonderful story of his experience. Not preachy, not pushy. just where he came from what he saw and how it affected him. How it changed his thinking. If you are a devout Christian or Catholic this will not sway your faith but it may expand your idea of what a saint is.
This book rates #1. It restores faith in God. It also talks about the importance of prayer and meditation. It is not just about him, but about all of us. It makes sense.
When his mother died,
No. I haven't had the pleasure.
God is here now. Miracles still happen!
I listened to this book after hearing about it in the Steve Jobs biography. The book contains some interesting concepts and certainly provides insight into what made Steve Jobs tick. The narration and story are a bit tedious, but worth the listen.
Auto Repair shop owner. I love Yoga, and playing my Fender Stratocaster. I Walk my dogs twice a day.
But after this book I did write to Paramahansa Yogananda's foundation to find out what Krya yoga is. I must say this book is very universal in its appeal.
I'm a practicing Catholic and found nothing in this book that conflicted with my faith.
I have been practicing seeing my "God eye," and I must say only for the briefest of moments and only when I practice yoga regularly do I get close to god the way the author describes.
Is it my Lord and Savior, I have no idea but the book does open up a mysterious countries' history and you should know the journey to understand why a 7000 year-old body manipulation is more popular that ever.
Oh yea, the narrator Ben Kingsley is not to be missed; Ben has made me an expert in Sanskrit pronunciations.
Ben Kingsley brings a very good quality to one of the outstanding books of the last century. His accent, pace and rhythm take you right into India and brings the story alive.
Great story rooted in the brilliant realities of a world most people cannot imagine. Most interesting are the abilities of the great yogis. The story is just a carrier for the magic of exceptional human abilities.
I loved this book. It gave me insight into the life of a man searching for the meaning of life. The book is a wonderfully told story of a man's life. I wish I could have met the yogi.
I just follow the signs!
If you are searching for answers, this gives you the right questions to ask. You can get right answers only if you have the right questions.
This is immensely helpful in not only connecting with your loved ones but with the entire humanity. Must read for all !