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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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    Artist Susan , CA USA 07-30-06
    Artist Susan , CA USA 07-30-06 Member Since 2000
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    "Inspiring!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie G. Lirette S F, CA 05-20-05
    Tracie G. Lirette S F, CA 05-20-05 Member Since 2005
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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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    Nico PA, United States 03-26-14
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    "IMMENSELY DEEP, THE STORY OF EVERYTHING"

    I'm 30, usually broke or in debt, never cared much for religion, like Steinbeck and the Clash, a few beers with friends... I spend a lot of time wondering and wandering. I'm barely a month out from reading this book and it has already changed my life. No spiritual book has ever clicked with me the way that this has. Kindness seems easier--essential even. It makes me want to go deeper within, and without fear.

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    David Dunedin, FL, United States 03-12-14
    David Dunedin, FL, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Life Changing"

    This book has changed my life! It is the reason I met my wife and the reason I am happy after a long and difficult first half.

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    Sabith Bangalore, India 02-17-14
    Sabith Bangalore, India 02-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Made me think"
    What did you love best about Autobiography of a Yogi?

    I had a very different notion of Yoga. This book was very interesting in its approach, the voice engaging with the right kind of modulations which made you listen and assimilate the book rather than glance through it


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    Viola Rome, Italy 12-01-13
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    "Not as expected"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this audiobook. I read the book once and Loved it, I didn't enjoy as much the audiobook.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ben Kingsley?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book once and I just couldn't stop reading it. It's a nourishing book for your soul. I was kind of disappointed by the narrator, I probably just expected a different experience.

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    V. Woolley KY 10-29-13
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    "An incredible journey through Kriya Yoga"
    What made the experience of listening to Autobiography of a Yogi the most enjoyable?

    Ben Kingsley's narration is clear and has just the right amount of emphasis to enhance the story without causing one to be distracted from the details.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of Paramahansa Yogananda's instruction in and evolution through Kriya yoga is inspiring and humbling. One does not need to be a practitioner of Kriya yoga to appreciate his story.


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    joe poncha springs,, CO, United States 09-29-13
    joe poncha springs,, CO, United States 09-29-13
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    "Fantastic and imaginative."
    If you could sum up Autobiography of a Yogi in three words, what would they be?

    This book is a illustrates a complex relationship between one's soul and one's expectations where there are no limits. Yogananda is as faithful an individual as one could meet. Ben Kingsley brings a colonial tone that is priceless.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There are no surprises here. Life is for the living and is wonderful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a palace of dreams that is flesh and blood and more.


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    Gene Chicago, IL, United States 09-11-13
    Gene Chicago, IL, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Wonderful Book for Curious Beginners"

    I have been curious about all the things I hear from India, and have wonder what Yoga was all about. I started out with this book, and it really does open up a whole new world. Being born from the east, I have seen and heard many mystical things. But, after growing up in the west, I have started to forget all those and even started denying some of them.

    This book helped me see the world from 'that' point of view again. It has also opened up a whole new world for me. I'm glad that all of these information are now available in audio form.

    For those of you who are curious to learn more about Kriya, you might want to listen to The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained (also by Paramahansa Yogananda), there is also Experiments in Truth (by Ram Dass). You will find some tips as to how it's done.

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