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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Cor Irvine, CA, United States 11-14-10
    Cor Irvine, CA, United States 11-14-10 Member Since 2004
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    "This book will make you think"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen san diego, CA, USA 07-07-09
    Carmen san diego, CA, USA 07-07-09
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    "Autobiography of a yogi"

    Beautiful! I wish all his books is read by this Narrator.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle SingaporeSingapore 02-04-05
    Michelle SingaporeSingapore 02-04-05
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    "Powerful, life-transforming"

    This is a must-read for serious spirtual seekers. The truth echos throughout the centuries.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    THinSB 06-20-07
    THinSB 06-20-07 Member Since 2004
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    "A Plus!"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ray NSW Australia, Australia 05-21-07
    Ray NSW Australia, Australia 05-21-07
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    "If you only read one book about spirituality"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Boris A. Pisman New York, NY 09-12-12
    Boris A. Pisman New York, NY 09-12-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Too much of magic thinking..."
    What disappointed you about Autobiography of a Yogi?

    This is a classic book, but as I reread it - I can see that a lot of it can be just a fantasy...


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Kos 04-18-10
    Jessica Kos 04-18-10 Member Since 2007
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    "A Good Listen"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D Scott 04-12-10
    D Scott 04-12-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A Must Listen for the Serious Seeker"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Johns Island, SC, USA 01-21-09
    Katherine Johns Island, SC, USA 01-21-09
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    "Incredible Voyage"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J and M San Leandro, CA, United States 11-08-07
    J and M San Leandro, CA, United States 11-08-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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