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.
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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)
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.
Little did I know when I was given this book over 30 years ago, that it would have such a positive impact on my life. Yogananda has written one of the most extraordinary books on the subject of spirituality ever written that could only come from one who is truly an illumined being. The book has remained a spiritual classic for decades not only for its universal truths expounded upon through Yogananda's insights and training, but also for its entertaining and spellbinding reading. This book is responsible for changing many people's lives and views on the universality of religion. It is a MUST READ or LISTEN TO for anyone interested in metaphysics. I couldn't recommend it more highly. Ben Kingsley is excellent in his award winning reading of this superb book.
Well, well. What a story. Is it all true? I am convinced that the author is truthful and has descibed his life as he truly experienced it. But I dont know if this is an objective truth.
Much of his story tracks with what other swamis have written. And after reading a few books on this subject, I have started to wonder about the way of life they describe - much of it must be true?
I found the first part of the book a little hard to enjoy (this is where an audio books helps, since it takes no effort to keep listening, even if it is less interesting). The language was too flowery and, sorry to say, boring. But after that part of the book is done, the rest is mostly fascinating.
Having completed the book and having re-listened to many parts, my understanding and admiration of this way of life and the persons that follow it has much increased. It is not at all like the religion many of us (in the west) are exposed to through the media, or our local churches/mosques/temples. IMO much more honest and principled that many religious practioners.
It has also helped me understand India much better. In the west we are raised with Socrates, Plato and Aristotle's way of looking at life. In India people grow up with stories like this (Bhagavad Gita and the Vedas). Hence a much different outlook on life.
If you are interested in such subjects, you must read this book.
Well its my favorite book and was life changing for me. So when I took this audiobook with me on a six month spiritual journey to survive in the mountains of jamaica it was irreplaceable. I seemed like everytime i turned it on i heard what i needed or beyond.
This book was written over 50 years ago. The writer has wonderful command of the english language, He is prolific,highly descriptive and inspiring. I have listened to over 50 books. I have never heard a book so wonderfully written. The writer is lyrical and had a unique way of phrasing his story. He does not preach his philosophy, he mearly states the facts as he sees them. You may not believe his teachings but you will have a greater understanding not only of his but of other religons. Do not listen to this to buy or not buy his religion. Read it for the shear enjoyment of the writing and the wonderful, delightful story of an extraodinary life. Sir Ben kingsley's voice is soothing and does justice to this highly entertaining piece of literature.
I agree with all previous. Many times it is as if the reader is talking to you. So many references to Kriya Yoga, that I now am curious about the technique.
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.
This book has been my constant driving companion for 3 weeks. I have enjoyed peak hour traffic jams. I have learnt alot about Christianity (all positive) and Hindu understandings. Some parts of the bible are explained so beautifully. This book is a love story, a love of the creator for the created. God continues to love us unconditionally. He sure is a sucker for punishment.
"Humbling, Entertaining and Instructive"
An enjoyable book detailing Paramahansa Yogananda's life and the trials, frustrations and wisdom that was revealed to him from the likes of Sri Yukteswar and Babaji. His stories are entertaining, amusing and carry great teaching. The narrative by Sir Ben Kingsley is perfect for this book and is beautifully read by him.
Yes, the narration brings it to a whole new level, you can tell Ben was really enjoying this.
I really enjoyed this book, it made me look at like in an entirely different way, fans of the secret would enjoy listening to this.
It took me a little while to get into this book, but once I did I am grateful I stayed with it.
"A golden insight into the spiritual world"
An wonderful account of how the teachings of the world's religions fuse and interconnect into a singular spiritual message and truth
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