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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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    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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    Texafornian S F, CA 05-20-05
    Texafornian 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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    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 09-27-14
    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2008

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    "not easy for an outsider"

    I do not know much about the teachings and tradition of Paramahansa Yogananda, and while the story was very engaging, I could not fully comperand the great wisdom others found in this book. All in all, an interesting listen outside of my "beaten path" :)

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    Amazon Customer 09-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Exceptional! I listen to this while I work!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Autobiography of a Yogi to be better than the print version?

    YES - it is so much easier to listen over and over again or just certain parts - while you work or wash the dishes! Audio version is a must read!


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

    Chapter 5 and Chapter 8 - explains how kriya yoga works


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    Aabha 08-19-14
    Aabha 08-19-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great book ruined by heavy accent"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the narrator could pronounce the names and other Hindi words in the book properly.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ben Kingsley’s performances?

    Not if he is reading an Indian book


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book before and it's an excellent book. If you are a Non-Indian then you should get the book. The narrator will be fine for you. However, if you are a Hindi speaking Indian like me the narrator is going to irritate you to no limits.

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    chorizo CA 05-21-14
    chorizo CA 05-21-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Trippy story brilliantly narrated"
    If you could sum up Autobiography of a Yogi in three words, what would they be?

    This is a heady trip on the life of a real Yogi. I found myself pausing and thinking about it on several occasions. Its humorous at times and fantastic at others. The writer knows and uses the english language very well. Ben Kingsley is a real pro.


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    Jennifer California 05-20-14
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    "Gurus, Disciples, and Saints! Oh, My!"

    Paramahansa Yogananda’s book is an excellent and very approachable introduction to Hindu mysticism. Having both read the kindle edition and listened to the audio version, I highly recommend Ben Kingsley’s reading of this classic story.

    That said, this autobiography is not a literary or historical work; it is a scriptural work. As such, it’s mission is to persuade the reader regarding the nature of ultimate reality and how the reader might best approach that reality. However well written, it must be subjected to the same scrutiny as any persuasive writing.

    The narrative structure resembles that of the gospels, charting the life of an exceptional holy man from childhood. Along the way, he encounters supernatural beings and both observes and performs miracles. With the greatest respect for Yogananda’s work as a community organizer bringing the religious perspective of India to the west, I have four specific objections to his assertions:

    1. Like other yogis, Yogananda presents his religious views as “science,” which they are not. There may be some scientific evidence that meditation contributes to a positive outlook (this has certainly been my experience), but there is none to substantiate the existence of the subtle body or the astral plane of existence.

    2. The effort to present Christianity as a subset of the Hindu religion is strained. Are we really to demote Jesus to the status of a prophet and accept Yogananda equivalent?

    3. The accounts of of siddhas (saints) and their siddhis (paranormal powers) would have us believe that there were saints in every neighborhood of Calcutta (and by extension in India). These are not ancient reports, and if such saints and powers were as frequent as the story implies, we ought certainly to have had numerous and continuing reports from other sources.
    4. The detailed description of the astral planet to which Sri Yukteswar ascended is not consistent with historical yogic writings.

    The book is certainly worth hearing and the philosophical musings about universal brotherhood and non-violence should be taken seriously, but this reader requires a bit more evidence before embracing Yogananda’s view of reality.

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    M. Gupta 05-14-14
    M. Gupta 05-14-14

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    "Terrible non-fiction. Not even good fiction."
    What was most disappointing about Paramahansa Yogananda’s story?

    Blatant attempt to capitalize on naïve search for spirituality.


    What does Ben Kingsley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a great narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Just trying to get this review posted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nico PA, United States 03-26-14
    Nico PA, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2013
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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