I had to read these as a requisite for a class. I wouldn't have touched it otherwise. However, it was enjoyable enough, interesting and sometimes inspiring. Some of the culture and foreign religion does baffle me (as many religions do). The apparently capricious way saints and Gods grant miracles, the foretold future of humanity which makes me wonder why try at all if its foretold.
No, but it hasn't done much either to want me get more anytime soon.
no, only Netflix.
The scene of the tiger wrestler was very disturbing. I wish men would stop proving their strength by killing wild animals and start showing it by protecting nature. For a Religion which claims to want to cause no harm and respect all forms of life, it surely doesn't do much to stop it.
I've been meaning to read this book for ages, it was the second audible book I downloaded and I loved it.
I've traveled to India and I've studied yoga for over 20 years, and still some of the details of this rich tradition elude me... especially practicing in western studios with boutique clothes racks and the fast bustle of the studio. Listening to this story I was transported to India and I sunk into all the detailed description of life there. I was spellbound by Yogananda's magical life and certainly wondered how these things could be possible. And yet, it was such a delightful story with enough possibility to wonder if it could have happened this way.
Wow, Ben Kingsley was amazing. FYI he was the actor who played Gandhi in the Academy Award winning film. With his articulate and clear British/Indian diction he gave a certain authenticity to an autobiography about a man from India. And in the chapter where Yogananda actually met Gandhi, I practically had shivers and was deeply touched as Ben Kingsley somehow has been obviously so impacted by these two "Saints of India".
There were many points that moved me. Because of the nature of this book, bridging the gap of autobiographical and spiritual, there were many moving moments, much like the I mentioned above. Also notable was the chapter that talks about the Self-realization Fellowship in London trying to meditate during world war II with warning alarms sounding throughout the metropolitan area and still writing to Yogananda about the importance of cultivating peace.
Strangely I could never bring myself to sit down and read this book, but because I spend so much time in the car, I wondered if I could listen to it. I'm so glad I made that choice. It was wonderful.
I read this book in 98..with little understanding. Purchased book in 2015 but did not had time. The audio book was gift ....my daily commute is such a pleasure! I thank god for this audible book! What an effort by Ben Kingsley? Another OSCAR from me!
I wanted to like this book - I'm generally very interested in different cultures and religions. To me. though, this was boring as fiction and unbelievable as fact. ...I made it about 75 percent through before I finally decided I was wasting my time because I just wasn't enjoying the story on any level. Waste of a credit for me.
Paramahansa Yogananda is a compelling story teller. The spiritual experiences he describes about the modern Hindu saints are amazing. Ben Kingsley did a great performance conveying the author's message.
This is a book you will listen to over and over. The story is compelling and the teachings of Yogananda are universal. Ben Kingsley's reading is perfect.
To hear a yogi tell about his own, as well as his masters, and their master's personal spiritual experiences is amazing. However, the thing that makes this book so life transforming, is that you can sign up to receive lessons to learn how to do what they have done. The Kriya yoga, that he talks about in the book, when practiced literally changes you as a person. The highest truth I have found in this life.
Paramahansa Yogananda, because he lets each of us know that we can do what he did.
Nothing that I can see.
It made me laugh, cry, and rejoice. I read it almost straight through without stopping, then called the Self-Realization Fellowship organization to order the lessons immediately.