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)
I used to walk by this book on my mother's bookself and I never picked it up to read. I can't believe my parents read this book in the 60's because it was so far ahead of it's time. In the land of Gandhi, this author writes about his life and the intricate ceremonies, and insights of Hindus. I was blown away, and will continue to return to the book for the stories.
This is a great book... but unfortunately all the bliss disappears with the boring pretentious voice of Ben Kingsley. You would expect more reading skills of this professional actor.
Better to read the book !
It's a long book and there's no doubt that there are sections that can be quite draining. But the narrator is good, the quality of the book is good and the language Yogananda uses is inspiring. I feel very confident that it's a book that I'll listen to again and again and learn from it each time more and more.
This is a treasure of a book - beautifully written and wonderfully read. The insights and spiritual teachings are deep and timeless. I felt bereaved of a good friend when the book ended and will definetly listen to it again.
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.
Former steelworker from Buffalo NY retired after 40 yrs. as a Registered Nurse. Viet Vet, did a lot of theater in HS... e-Clectic for sure
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 is wonderfully written and the narrator did a fabulous job. I am sure that Yogananda must be well pleased.
Out of the many box fulls of spiritual books I have read through the years, this is Number 1. The truths contained in this book have propelled my mind to much I had not heard or thought about previously, and I find that I can listen to it many times over and always hear something new. I feel this information is the truth and it showed up in my life at the right time.
Yogananda wrote several other books that I am finding equally informative, but definitely listen to this one first as you can't help but come to love Yogananda and feel a connection with him.
This book is the first step into the journey of Self-Realization and I highly recommend it.
The story of the life of Paramahansa Yongananda is truly an incredible one. It creates a vivid picture of not only Indian culture and customs, but the basic tenets of Hinduism and yogic history. This is a must-read for anyone interested in learning the history of some of the world's greatest teachers, and draws strong connections between the lives of the many saints and gurus who have influenced modern spirituality.
I read this book years ago and loved it. When I first started listening to it the reader put me off though. It was like it took him some time to get into it. But actually considering the lenght of the book, I thought he was effective and convincing and did a good job after the strangely bland beginning. And the content of the book is very powerful to me.
Reading this book has opened my eyes and inspired me beyond words. Hearing first hand the life of a Guru gives me a perspective on the world that is very moving. I would highly recommend this book.
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