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
"A superb audio translation....Extraordinary work." (Library Journal)
"Ben Kingsley's smooth, articulate performance makes the formal writing style accessible to the listener." (AudioFile)
This book is powerful on its own I'm sure but with a strong meditation practice, the ideas and concepts come alive. I will definitely listen again in the future. The narration was beautiful
I liked this book but I didn't enjoy this audio version because of the narrator. His tone wasn't always expressive, at times his voice sounded weared out and bored, the narration slowing down a lot in contrast with the times he read really fast, like he was in a hurry. It sometimes made me impatient or inattentive.
I believe an onther audio version for this book is a good idea.
I had to read these as a requisite for a class. I wouldn't have touched it otherwise. However, it was enjoyable enough, interesting and sometimes inspiring. Some of the culture and foreign religion does baffle me (as many religions do). The apparently capricious way saints and Gods grant miracles, the foretold future of humanity which makes me wonder why try at all if its foretold.
No, but it hasn't done much either to want me get more anytime soon.
no, only Netflix.
The scene of the tiger wrestler was very disturbing. I wish men would stop proving their strength by killing wild animals and start showing it by protecting nature. For a Religion which claims to want to cause no harm and respect all forms of life, it surely doesn't do much to stop it.
I've been meaning to read this book for ages, it was the second audible book I downloaded and I loved it.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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!
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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