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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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    Vincent Sandman S F, CA 05-20-05
    Vincent Sandman S F, CA 05-20-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Timeless Truth"

    When I read this book 25 years ago, I fell in love with it. Imagine how excited I was when I found it here on Audible.com. THank you for providing such a foundational piece of work, dealing with many, many topics here on Earth, but above all, LOVE.

    The Narrator has a wise edge to his voice without being overbearing. His Cadance allows the listener to experience the story without getting bored.

    One special thing about this book is that you can begin listening anywhere and the story unfolds in a way that still engages you. Each chapter is a complete story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth belfast, ME, USA 02-19-05
    Kenneth belfast, ME, USA 02-19-05
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    "Well written, well read..."

    I read this book about 35 years ago and it made a big impression on me. My daughter read it about 10 years ago and she says it changed her life. It has the feeling of truth to it and can make one believe in miracles even if you haven't experienced one.
    Ben Kingsly does a great job reading it and Yogananda's words have inspired me all over again. I give it the highest rating!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 08-10-10
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 08-10-10 Member Since 2015

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "You gotta be kidding me"

    Okay, you want balance, I’ll give you balance. This is Horse-pucky! Yogananda had/has a lot of followers. I cannot help but think many of them are here in this forum writing reviews. Back in the seventies I tried reading this book. Some might say I was not ready for it because it seemed like so much nonsense. I wound up going to India, searching and following another renowned guru who turned out to be a pedophile and hypocrite in so many other ways.

    I believe in much of what these guys have to say. I have no other way to reconcile spirituality, science and my own reality. I would just like to shoot all the messengers out there, that’s all.

    Someone once said: “if you meet the Buddha along the road, kill him.” Oh! I think I just got it. This actually comes from an old koan attributed to Zen Master Linji, not too shabby a guy himself. And obviously this was not meant to be taken literally but hey, were all the monsters in this book meant to be taken literally? Come on.

    I would have given this review 1 Star but then you might have thought I was some kind of nut case and not read this far. If you have read this far you may still think I am nut case but at least you read the review.

    Peace, brothers and sisters. Follow your heart not some dude.

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    Betsy A. Maldonado 07-06-15

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    "This book changed my life for the better"

    Ben Kingsley is an amazing narrator. I felt transported by his every word. I know now what steps to take in my life.

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    timtam 07-03-15
    timtam 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A deeper perspective on Eastern Traditions of Yoga"
    Where does Autobiography of a Yogi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've been meaning to read this book for ages, it was the second audible book I downloaded and I loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've traveled to India and I've studied yoga for over 20 years, and still some of the details of this rich tradition elude me... especially practicing in western studios with boutique clothes racks and the fast bustle of the studio. Listening to this story I was transported to India and I sunk into all the detailed description of life there. I was spellbound by Yogananda's magical life and certainly wondered how these things could be possible. And yet, it was such a delightful story with enough possibility to wonder if it could have happened this way.


    Which character – as performed by Ben Kingsley – was your favorite?

    Wow, Ben Kingsley was amazing. FYI he was the actor who played Gandhi in the Academy Award winning film. With his articulate and clear British/Indian diction he gave a certain authenticity to an autobiography about a man from India. And in the chapter where Yogananda actually met Gandhi, I practically had shivers and was deeply touched as Ben Kingsley somehow has been obviously so impacted by these two "Saints of India".


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many points that moved me. Because of the nature of this book, bridging the gap of autobiographical and spiritual, there were many moving moments, much like the I mentioned above. Also notable was the chapter that talks about the Self-realization Fellowship in London trying to meditate during world war II with warning alarms sounding throughout the metropolitan area and still writing to Yogananda about the importance of cultivating peace.


    Any additional comments?

    Strangely I could never bring myself to sit down and read this book, but because I spend so much time in the car, I wondered if I could listen to it. I'm so glad I made that choice. It was wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    eggpulusu 06-29-15
    eggpulusu 06-29-15
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    "Divine Gift to mankind!"
    What made the experience of listening to Autobiography of a Yogi the most enjoyable?

    I read this book in 98..with little understanding. Purchased book in 2015 but did not had time. The audio book was gift ....my daily commute is such a pleasure! I thank god for this audible book! What an effort by Ben Kingsley? Another OSCAR from me!


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    rob 06-26-15
    rob 06-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    An excellently read story that flowed well and was incredibly enlightening, I will listen to this one again

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    Priyank Dhabuwala 06-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "There's no such thing as coincidence"

    I read the book 10 years ago around this time, infact, it took me 7 months to complete it. I was 22 at the time, and was in much depression due to a failure. This book, which I obtained from a friend resulting from a confusion, set me on the path to seek spirituality in a more tangible manner. 10 years later, I found myself in a similar state of mind, and although I was yearning to listen to it for a fee months, it wasn't until the desire became overpowering that I started listening to it. This time, though, I was able to understand many concepts more clearly and has once again brought me back on the path I had forsaken for many years.

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    Eric VA 06-07-15
    Eric VA 06-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not for non believers"

    I wanted to like this book - I'm generally very interested in different cultures and religions. To me. though, this was boring as fiction and unbelievable as fact. ...I made it about 75 percent through before I finally decided I was wasting my time because I just wasn't enjoying the story on any level. Waste of a credit for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Gallo OOKALA, HI, US 05-12-15
    Heather Gallo OOKALA, HI, US 05-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome Autobiography!"

    Paramahansa Yogananda is a compelling story teller. The spiritual experiences he describes about the modern Hindu saints are amazing. Ben Kingsley did a great performance conveying the author's message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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