Ben Kingsley's narration is clear and has just the right amount of emphasis to enhance the story without causing one to be distracted from the details.
The story of Paramahansa Yogananda's instruction in and evolution through Kriya yoga is inspiring and humbling. One does not need to be a practitioner of Kriya yoga to appreciate his story.
This book is a illustrates a complex relationship between one's soul and one's expectations where there are no limits. Yogananda is as faithful an individual as one could meet. Ben Kingsley brings a colonial tone that is priceless.
There are no surprises here. Life is for the living and is wonderful.
There is a palace of dreams that is flesh and blood and more.
I have been curious about all the things I hear from India, and have wonder what Yoga was all about. I started out with this book, and it really does open up a whole new world. Being born from the east, I have seen and heard many mystical things. But, after growing up in the west, I have started to forget all those and even started denying some of them.
This book helped me see the world from 'that' point of view again. It has also opened up a whole new world for me. I'm glad that all of these information are now available in audio form.
For those of you who are curious to learn more about Kriya, you might want to listen to The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained (also by Paramahansa Yogananda), there is also Experiments in Truth (by Ram Dass). You will find some tips as to how it's done.
One of the books which made a difference in my life
exudes sincerity and spiritual messages
His voice gives life to the book, sometimes you feel as if Yogananda himself talks trough Sir Ben Kingsley.
Underneath the "simple" story there are many interesting lessons.
Interesting, eye opening
I liked the glimpse into the eastern thought and the guru search that takes place.
There wasn't any particular scene that comes to mind, but I enjoyed when he would bring the stories of what was happening in the past to present times.
I think what I took away from this book was the necessity to not look at particular dogma, rather to encompass the world into your life.
I had read the Autobiography many years earlier, but was interested in re-visiting Yogananda's consummate piece. I decided to use a credit so that I could listen to the title while commuting. A better use of a credit I have not made. Ben Kingsley (yes, I knew he'd be good) took this story to a entirely different level. The dialog between different characters, the authenticity of expression, the pacing... his performance is awe-inspiring. If you are interested in an intriguing story of a notable Indian saint, this will not disappoint.
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!