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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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    Frederick R. Raleigh Templeton, CA United States 01-11-11
    Frederick R. Raleigh Templeton, CA United States 01-11-11 Member Since 2014

    Long time listener - very eclectic mixture of reads. Never bored. Glad I started this way to read books over a decade ago.

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    "A spiritural delight"

    An excellent book that blends the life and times of a Yogi with his spirituality. This book is filled with information about the cross over between the various religions of the Earth's people and how these religions all have a deep seated link. A wonderful look that explains the concept of one with the Universe in straight forward terms that are easy to follow. Included in his dialog is why this is so. Finally, a great deal of historical information spanning 70 years of a truly unique and great teacher is included to help the reader follow the life and times of Paramahansa Yogananda..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Brandon, FL, United States 11-23-10
    Tom Brandon, FL, United States 11-23-10
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    "Autobiography of a Yogi"

    It's the unwritten words between the lines that make this book so extremely
    inspirational. Yogananda had an incredible love for life and everyone in it.
    He speaks of a way of life that is honest, simple and true. A fabulous book.
    Read it and he'll accompany you if you decide take him seriously.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sinan Amman, Jordan 03-10-13
    Sinan Amman, Jordan 03-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Full of bulls***!!!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    It's basically this guy who tells stories of miracles that Yoga practitioners were able to do (including blessed self, of course), without ever explaining what is Yoga. He keeps mentioning "through special Yoga techniques" without mentioning what are those special techniques.

    I can't believe that Steve Jobs read this book once a year; it's in general superficial and has stories that would drive you nuts for how stupid they are.

    Do yourself a favor and just forget it.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Diego Brookfield, CT, USA 07-05-07
    Diego Brookfield, CT, USA 07-05-07
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    "Union"

    Kryia Yoga is for everyone, not just for a few. It is just like the sun light, meant to inlight whoever receives it. The east has the within, the west has the without.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PENSACOLA, FL, United States 02-20-13
    Amazon Customer PENSACOLA, FL, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic"

    A must read. A book of spiritual proportions and a unique interpretation on religion and spirituality.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Milton Fife 10-23-10
    Milton Fife 10-23-10 Listener Since 2005

    Babu

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    "Life Changing"

    If you only listen(read) one book in your life time it should be this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Boynton Beach, FL, USA 06-05-05
    Lisa Boynton Beach, FL, USA 06-05-05
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    "Awesome!!!"

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!! in every Divine way, highly recommend for reasons already mentioned here .

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sal aurora, OH, USA 06-02-05
    Sal aurora, OH, USA 06-02-05
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    "Must!!!!!!!"

    What we can do when we work with god, instead of trying to out smart him. True man of God. Listen or read. A must.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Des Moines, WA, USA 06-07-05
    Jason Des Moines, WA, USA 06-07-05
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    "Cult Leader and no true pure soul"

    First, I do yoga and have studied the Sutras and masters for years. Ananda is nothing more then a con-man. He speaks as he is an Avatar or Godlike yet he partakes in behaviors that show differently.
    He teaches a "modified" version of Hinduism to give himself more power. The oppisite of what a real Guru would do. He teaches his brand as if Americans don't know the truth. Maybe 20 years ago, now he looks like a Television Evangilist.

    That said, some of his words are verbatim from the Sutras and others works. So he can cut and paste thats deep wisdom.

    His cult followers are some of the nicest people I have met. Just beware of those who tell you they are spiritually better then you. That is a good sign that they lack the one thing that makes them spiritual, humility.

    Don't follow him follow yourself.

    22 of 63 people found this review helpful
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