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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

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"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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    joe poncha springs,, CO, United States 09-29-13
    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.


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    Gene Chicago, IL, United States 09-11-13
    Gene Chicago, IL, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2015

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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.

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    James Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-30-13
    James Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2014
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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 2014
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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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    Joan 01-07-13
    Joan 01-07-13
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    "This is the best book I have read in years."
    Where does Autobiography of a Yogi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book rates #1. It restores faith in God. It also talks about the importance of prayer and meditation. It is not just about him, but about all of us. It makes sense.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Autobiography of a Yogi?

    When his mother died,


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

    No. I haven't had the pleasure.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    God is here now. Miracles still happen!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shahrad Milanfar 09-16-12
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    "Good insight into what made Steve Jobs tick"

    I listened to this book after hearing about it in the Steve Jobs biography. The book contains some interesting concepts and certainly provides insight into what made Steve Jobs tick. The narration and story are a bit tedious, but worth the listen.

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    BP New York, NY 09-12-12
    BP New York, NY 09-12-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Too much of magic thinking..."
    What disappointed you about Autobiography of a Yogi?

    This is a classic book, but as I reread it - I can see that a lot of it can be just a fantasy...


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    JB 07-11-12
    JB 07-11-12
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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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randy LANCASTER, CA, United States 03-09-12
    Randy LANCASTER, CA, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2010

    Auto Repair shop owner. I love Yoga, and playing my Fender Stratocaster. I Walk my dogs twice a day.

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    "I had already loved Yoga"

    But after this book I did write to Paramahansa Yogananda's foundation to find out what Krya yoga is. I must say this book is very universal in its appeal.

    I'm a practicing Catholic and found nothing in this book that conflicted with my faith.

    I have been practicing seeing my "God eye," and I must say only for the briefest of moments and only when I practice yoga regularly do I get close to god the way the author describes.

    Is it my Lord and Savior, I have no idea but the book does open up a mysterious countries' history and you should know the journey to understand why a 7000 year-old body manipulation is more popular that ever.

    Oh yea, the narrator Ben Kingsley is not to be missed; Ben has made me an expert in Sanskrit pronunciations.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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