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
"A superb audio translation....Extraordinary work." (Library Journal)
"Ben Kingsley's smooth, articulate performance makes the formal writing style accessible to the listener." (AudioFile)
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.
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.
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.
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" :)
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!
Chapter 5 and Chapter 8 - explains how kriya yoga works
If the narrator could pronounce the names and other Hindi words in the book properly.
Not if he is reading an Indian book
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.
This is a heady trip on the life of a real Yogi. I found myself pausing and thinking about it on several occasions. Its humorous at times and fantastic at others. The writer knows and uses the english language very well. Ben Kingsley is a real pro.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.