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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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    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.

    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 Washington state 10-23-10 Listener Since 2005

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

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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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    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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    "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.

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    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13
    miles rose lake, fl, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "my wife dowloaded this one"

    so i just said 3 for everything not to piss off buddha, vishnu and khrishna. even though the men are shameless pigs who gawked at my sweet wife and jerked off under there pants while she took a dip in the cold ganga river. she was fully clothed in a wet suit no less. Its always nice to be pleasant to an 8 armed blue guy with swords. Its only 90% of the men who have no respect for women and think all american girls are whores. I know the other 10% and they are wonderful people.

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    patsy miami, FL, United States 08-07-12
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    "inspiring and moving story"
    Would you listen to Autobiography of a Yogi again? Why?

    I listen to the book all the time. It helps me contemplate on life and all that it brings and how to deal with it. the simple yet wise and pure anecdotes of Paramahansa Yogananda resonate truth in me. there is so much knowledge and history in the book, you'd want to research further.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes. when the author talks about Jesus and how misunderstood his teachings have been throughout the ages. Paramahansa Yogananda explains a different Jesus experience that I can relate to.


    Any additional comments?

    you'll need to listen to the book in quiet, reflective mind.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JB New York United States 07-11-12
    JB New York United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Just really fascinating and inspirational"
    Would you listen to Autobiography of a Yogi again? Why?

    Yes, as a matter of fact I have already listened to this audio book no less than six times. I find it inspirational and really interesting, and I am encouraged to take on my life on a whole new level - its resulted in me really exploring other spiritual books and teachings, take up yoga as a practice, and engage in an inquiry of my purpose on earth.


    Have you listened to any of Ben Kingsley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I think the narration here is superb - excellent really.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definately - the book is fairly long, but I could not get enough of it. I have even gone to get the hard copy, the kindle version, and some other writings of Yogananda.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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