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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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    "REALLY great listen!"

    The narration by Ben Kingsley made the book just that much more enjoyable. A lovely story with some discussion of parallels between yoga and Christianity.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LarryNC North Carolina 02-06-11
    LarryNC North Carolina 02-06-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Review of Autobiography of a Yogi"

    This great work, by an even greater soul, is a monumental testament to God and all of humanity can reap great rewards by reading, or in this case, listening to it. If you do listen to it, it will touch you on a very deep and meaningful level.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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 2005

    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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    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.

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    Amazon Customer PENSACOLA, FL, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    A must read. A book of spiritual proportions and a unique interpretation on religion and spirituality.

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

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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 .

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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.

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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 60 people found this review helpful
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