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.
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"A superb audio translation....Extraordinary work." (Library Journal)
"Ben Kingsley's smooth, articulate performance makes the formal writing style accessible to the listener." (AudioFile)
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
I wouldn't recommend this audiobook. I read the book once and Loved it, I didn't enjoy as much the audiobook.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are no surprises here. Life is for the living and is wonderful.
There is a palace of dreams that is flesh and blood and more.
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.
One of the books which made a difference in my life
exudes sincerity and spiritual messages
His voice gives life to the book, sometimes you feel as if Yogananda himself talks trough Sir Ben Kingsley.
Underneath the "simple" story there are many interesting lessons.
Interesting, eye opening
I liked the glimpse into the eastern thought and the guru search that takes place.
There wasn't any particular scene that comes to mind, but I enjoyed when he would bring the stories of what was happening in the past to present times.
I think what I took away from this book was the necessity to not look at particular dogma, rather to encompass the world into your life.
I had read the Autobiography many years earlier, but was interested in re-visiting Yogananda's consummate piece. I decided to use a credit so that I could listen to the title while commuting. A better use of a credit I have not made. Ben Kingsley (yes, I knew he'd be good) took this story to a entirely different level. The dialog between different characters, the authenticity of expression, the pacing... his performance is awe-inspiring. If you are interested in an intriguing story of a notable Indian saint, this will not disappoint.
I finally listened to this book after attempting to read it multiple times and it has got to be one of the most disappointing books I have ever read. I don't understand how this book has such high ratings or why it is so popular. I suspect the high ratings come from people who did not actually read the book, they just wanted to be part of this Paramahansa Yohananda cult. Maybe something got lost in translation and the original Hindi script tells a different story. This book did not have much to do with yoga as you might be led to believe. Stick with books by Eckhart Tolle or Paulo Ceolho for profound insight on living an inspired, enlightened life.
Absolutely not, even if every other book on Earth burned to ashes, I would never subject myself to his wordy nonsense.
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