one of the most inspiring book of all times.Thank you audible for having this in your collection. Thank you Ben Kingsley for putting life into this audio book. Petals to the feet of yogananda paramahamsa ji. unmatched clarity of thoughts translating into words. Thanks Marc Benioff for recommending this book to the wider world. Thanks Steve Jobs for inspiring him to do so.
During my meditation, I asked The Divine for guidance. In his mysterious and loving way, he guided me to this book, by way of a friend who suggested that I read this book.
This book gets such consistently high reviews from critics and people but I just didn't get it. It was painful to get to the next chapter because everything was so slow, disjointed, and lacked organization. I just wanted him to get to the point. I think it helps if you buy into the whole yogi magic thing from the beginning because it is hard for a skeptic to believe these things really happened - people turning invisible and appearing out of nowhere, people never eating, etc. I found myself frustrated with the feeling that the yogis were just wasting their life sitting in a room meditating. Great if it makes them one with god or whatever, but so what? I would be much more impressed if they put their efforts into helping others and being of service to those who need it.
I have no doubt that people who are way into the book, the teachings, and this yogi will get all defensive and go on the attack and say I didn't understand it, that I didn't read the book, and the other criticisms when they don't like the reviews. (I read some of the critical comments on the negative reviews - boy are these people defensive.) Book reviews are personal - either we like the book or we don't. The fact that that I didn't like this book has no effect on you - you can continue to like it.
I've known about this book for years, but never got around to reading it. The audio version is beautifully narrated, and there wasn't a dull moment. I realized that many books published more recently contain the same messages as this classic. I've since seen this author was a prolific writer and have started his book on the teachings of Jesus.
This book is on a different plane of reality from what most people are used to. I think the book is supposed to be taken literally. These events act silly occurred. It makes Scientology and alien life forms believable.
I do not know much about the teachings and tradition of Paramahansa Yogananda, and while the story was very engaging, I could not fully comperand the great wisdom others found in this book. All in all, an interesting listen outside of my "beaten path" :)