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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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    David 03-12-14
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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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    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
    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 10-29-13
    V. Woolley 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
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Happy Gaby Ca, USA 08-18-13
    Happy Gaby Ca, USA 08-18-13

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    "excellent reader, inspiring book"
    Where does Autobiography of a Yogi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the books which made a difference in my life


    What did you like best about this story?

    exudes sincerity and spiritual messages


    What about Ben Kingsley’s performance did you like?

    His voice gives life to the book, sometimes you feel as if Yogananda himself talks trough Sir Ben Kingsley.


    Any additional comments?

    Underneath the "simple" story there are many interesting lessons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-30-13
    James Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "an enlightened adventure"
    If you could sum up Autobiography of a Yogi in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, eye opening


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the glimpse into the eastern thought and the guru search that takes place.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    Ellen Gainesville, FL, United States 04-14-13
    Ellen Gainesville, FL, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ben Kingsley brings the text to 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.

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    Amanda Boca Raton, FL, United States 04-02-13
    Amanda Boca Raton, FL, United States 04-02-13
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    "Are you kidding me?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paramahansa Yogananda again?

    Absolutely not, even if every other book on Earth burned to ashes, I would never subject myself to his wordy nonsense.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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