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Autobiography of a Yogi | [Paramahansa Yogananda]

Autobiography of a Yogi

When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.
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When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

This audio edition, featuring Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley's masterful narration, contains the complete text of Paramahansa Yogananda's life story, an absorbing account of a singular search for Truth. Yogananda describes his experiences with modern-day saints and illuminated masters of India, and presents a definitive introduction to the whole science and philosophy of Yoga.

© and (P) 1996, 2000 Self-Realization Fellowship

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"A superb audio translation....Extraordinary work." (Library Journal)
"Ben Kingsley's smooth, articulate performance makes the formal writing style accessible to the listener." (AudioFile)

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    D Los Angeles, CA, USA 12-27-04
    D Los Angeles, CA, USA 12-27-04
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    "Spiritually Uplifting -- and entertaining!"

    Many have read this book, and have come away inspired to follow the path established by its author, P. Yogananda. Others have simply been left with a fascinating story about a man who came to America in 1920 with nothing, and by the time that he left his body, had met with the President of the United States and future governor of California and established a religious path which is still standing to this very day.

    Regardless of the vantage point you may be coming from, this is a delightful read, and an excellent introduction to Eastern religious thought -- the way it had been originally taught -- before it was watered down by charlatans simply looking to cash in on the "latest fad."

    The audio version is an absolute delight, and Ben Kingsley's reading is inspired. This is not a man "going through the motions" to collect a paycheck. Every single word is thoughtfully and smoothly enunciated, making this a pleasure to listen to. Thus, I would highly recommend this to even those who have already read the print version.

    Finally, let me recommend the following: don't listen to this while jogging, driving in heavy traffic, or while otherwise distracted. Set some time aside and listen intently.

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Peter A. SydneyAustralia 11-30-04
    Peter A. SydneyAustralia 11-30-04
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    "One of the finest books on Spirituality ever"

    It doesn't matter what your religious understanding is - you will be uplifted and spiritually enriched by the depth of experience, love and humility of this author.

    Learn the truly great gift Jesus left for us, far beyond that understood from the Christian scriptures. Understand the true meaning of "In the image of God".

    You will never see your religious training in the same light again.

    34 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Mueller 11-18-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Inspirational"

    A must read for anyone who is interested in spiritual teachings and religion of the east. Entertaining story of Paramahansa Yogananda's life with his guru and teaching of Kriya Yoga. If you are inspired by the teachings of Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra, you will be very interested in this book. I am now inspired to go to the Self Realization Fellowship in NYC and be initiated in Kriya Yoga myself.

    34 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-28-05
    Jenny Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-28-05
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    "An elegant discourse on Why?"

    I downloaded this book out of curiosity; I wasn't looking for enlightenment or truth. And with a length of nearly 18 hours, I didn't expect to listen to the whole thing. But I did, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I can't say it transformed my life or that I agree with what the writer believes in, but it has brought me to a deeper appreciation of another way of "right living", another way of looking at and valuing the things in our lives. It also opens a window into a certain period of time, the religious life in India from the later 1800's to early part of our century which is very fascinating to behold. Kingsley's voice is gorgeous and infuses elegance into every word and phrase. I must say, whenever road rage struck me, listening to a bit of this audiobook was always very soothing.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Brian ASHLAND, OR, USA 12-12-07
    Brian ASHLAND, OR, USA 12-12-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Another Oscar for Kingsley"

    Others here have given appropriate praise for this timeless gem of a book.

    I will instead tell you about how well it is read. Ben Kingsley gives Yogananda's words an uncanny richness and colour. In several years of Audible membership I've never been so moved by the narrator. I enjoyed Kingsley so much, I rented Ghandi [on DVD] and watched it for the 1st time in 25 years [it won about a dozen Oscars!]...from it I learned he is half Indian...which helps explain how justly he treats all the yoga terminology, all the place names, all of Yogananda's Indian terms.

    Search Kingsley's name and you'll see, he has read very few books, unfortunately! He no doubt was honored to read this one, as he never misses a step.

    I've read this 4 times now, it keeps getting better! And finally, thankfully, it has brought me to my own regular meditation practice. Stop reading about it and go get it!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Valera Auckland, New Zealand 03-09-05
    Valera Auckland, New Zealand 03-09-05
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    "Fascinating in many ways"

    Yogananda talks about his life with great clarity using a writing style specific to the age at which he describes himself at each point of the book. The book fascinated me with the richness of India's social and spiritual traditions, which I wasn't previously aware of. The author is examplary in his dedication to pursuit of spiritual truth, which acts as an affirming beacon to modern spiritual seekers. Many details of yogic wisdom are explained, often in conjunction with author's life experiences. The stories about Indian masters are fascinating and often had me sitting in the car after I finished driving.

    Overall, a great combination of a biography, a novel, a cultural text and a book of wisdom and spirituality all in one. I've read many spiritual books and highly recommend this one for its particular taste. Narration is superb also, one of the best I've heard.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ivo Tempe, AZ, USA 03-07-05
    Ivo Tempe, AZ, USA 03-07-05
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    "Unparalleled !!!"

    This book was the end of my search for a spiritual path. It offers a theory of the workings of the universe which unlike many others has been tested and proved right by many ancient seers and modern seekers of truth, of which the author himself was one. Here many religious dogmas and new age "mysticisms" lose their grip on the open discriminative mind. Read and Think!!!

    Thank You Paramahansa Yogananda...

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    J.P. West Jordan, UT, USA 10-15-09
    J.P. West Jordan, UT, USA 10-15-09
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    "Self-Realization"

    This is an absolutely fascinating book! You get an honest look into the life of an amazing being. You also (if you don't know) get to learn what it means to be a yogi and what a yogi is. This book could be a stepping stone for a great many people who are ready for something nearly everyone really wants... Self-Realization! No question, this book is for YOU.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Corpus Christi, TX, USA 06-29-07
    Eddie Corpus Christi, TX, USA 06-29-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Poetry"

    This audiobook is a wonderful addition to any spiritual library. Every sentence is poetry and is beautifully read by Ben Kingsley. Paramahansa Yogananda was truely a gift to humanity. Do not hesitate. You will not regret it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    scubadiva US Virgin Islands 02-18-07
    scubadiva US Virgin Islands 02-18-07

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    "Exquisite"

    Of all the books I have ever read or listened to, this is the most beautifully written (and narrated!), AND the most life-changing. The prose is exquisite, the author saintly in his wisdom and open heart, and the message of spiritual values, beliefs, conviction, acceptance and insight, life-changing. I had never really thought of yoga beyond a workout, but this book has changed my perspective and understanding beyond recognition; my eyes have been opened to a spirituality that, within itself, contains all others and gives meaning to life - now THAT'S what the world needs! Cannot recommend it enough.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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