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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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    X. Velasco San Diego, CA 04-01-15
    X. Velasco San Diego, CA 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspirational life of a Saint"

    During my meditation, I asked The Divine for guidance. In his mysterious and loving way, he guided me to this book, by way of a friend who suggested that I read this book.

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    rebecca bridges 03-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Life changing."

    If you do not have an unfolding of consciousness, then it isn't time. Absolutely a life changing read. A must.

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    dogooder Gator Nation 03-22-15
    dogooder Gator Nation 03-22-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Incredible read!"

    It took me a year to finish this book but it was worth it. I will some day listen to it again. Ben Kingsley narration is sublime.

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    Bookworm 02-11-15
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    "Not feeling it"

    This book gets such consistently high reviews from critics and people but I just didn't get it. It was painful to get to the next chapter because everything was so slow, disjointed, and lacked organization. I just wanted him to get to the point. I think it helps if you buy into the whole yogi magic thing from the beginning because it is hard for a skeptic to believe these things really happened - people turning invisible and appearing out of nowhere, people never eating, etc. I found myself frustrated with the feeling that the yogis were just wasting their life sitting in a room meditating. Great if it makes them one with god or whatever, but so what? I would be much more impressed if they put their efforts into helping others and being of service to those who need it.

    I have no doubt that people who are way into the book, the teachings, and this yogi will get all defensive and go on the attack and say I didn't understand it, that I didn't read the book, and the other criticisms when they don't like the reviews. (I read some of the critical comments on the negative reviews - boy are these people defensive.) Book reviews are personal - either we like the book or we don't. The fact that that I didn't like this book has no effect on you - you can continue to like it.

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    Jenny 02-08-15
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    "Should have read it long ago!"
    What made the experience of listening to Autobiography of a Yogi the most enjoyable?

    I've known about this book for years, but never got around to reading it. The audio version is beautifully narrated, and there wasn't a dull moment. I realized that many books published more recently contain the same messages as this classic. I've since seen this author was a prolific writer and have started his book on the teachings of Jesus.


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    Richard Timberger 02-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "You must let go of your grip on reality."

    This book is on a different plane of reality from what most people are used to. I think the book is supposed to be taken literally. These events act silly occurred. It makes Scientology and alien life forms believable.

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    Alan Young 12-30-14
    Alan Young 12-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "life changing"

    simply a book that everyone should read. a great way to look at life. well read and very insiteful.

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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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