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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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A well read classic

It is unfortunate that the previous reviewer would choose to lower the average rating with a joke. It is hard to read this book and not feel anything. Yogananda was a generous soul who dedicated his life to helping bring a valuable and universal teaching to all of us. Ben Kingsley gives the book a beautiful and sensitive reading. Many times I forget that it is not Yogananda himself speaking. This audiobook is highly recommended to any open minded person of any spiritual belief.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

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uninspiring voice

This is a great book... but unfortunately all the bliss disappears with the boring pretentious voice of Ben Kingsley. You would expect more reading skills of this professional actor.
Better to read the book !

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dillon
  • mansfield, OH, USA
  • 06-14-08

Autobiograpgy of a Yogi; follow to change

Well its my favorite book and was life changing for me. So when I took this audiobook with me on a six month spiritual journey to survive in the mountains of jamaica it was irreplaceable. I seemed like everytime i turned it on i heard what i needed or beyond.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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WORDS ARE INADEQUATE TO EXPRESS HOW TERRIFIC

Little did I know when I was given this book over 30 years ago, that it would have such a positive impact on my life. Yogananda has written one of the most extraordinary books on the subject of spirituality ever written that could only come from one who is truly an illumined being. The book has remained a spiritual classic for decades not only for its universal truths expounded upon through Yogananda's insights and training, but also for its entertaining and spellbinding reading. This book is responsible for changing many people's lives and views on the universality of religion. It is a MUST READ or LISTEN TO for anyone interested in metaphysics. I couldn't recommend it more highly. Ben Kingsley is excellent in his award winning reading of this superb book.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • ashburnham, MA, USA
  • 05-05-06

Beautifully written literature

This book was written over 50 years ago. The writer has wonderful command of the english language, He is prolific,highly descriptive and inspiring. I have listened to over 50 books. I have never heard a book so wonderfully written. The writer is lyrical and had a unique way of phrasing his story. He does not preach his philosophy, he mearly states the facts as he sees them. You may not believe his teachings but you will have a greater understanding not only of his but of other religons. Do not listen to this to buy or not buy his religion. Read it for the shear enjoyment of the writing and the wonderful, delightful story of an extraodinary life. Sir Ben kingsley's voice is soothing and does justice to this highly entertaining piece of literature.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Carmen
  • san diego, CA, USA
  • 07-07-09

Autobiography of a yogi

Beautiful! I wish all his books is read by this Narrator.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Powerful, life-transforming

This is a must-read for serious spirtual seekers. The truth echos throughout the centuries.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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What can I say

I agree with all previous. Many times it is as if the reader is talking to you. So many references to Kriya Yoga, that I now am curious about the technique.

Om!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This book will make you think

Well, well. What a story. Is it all true? I am convinced that the author is truthful and has descibed his life as he truly experienced it. But I dont know if this is an objective truth.

Much of his story tracks with what other swamis have written. And after reading a few books on this subject, I have started to wonder about the way of life they describe - much of it must be true?

I found the first part of the book a little hard to enjoy (this is where an audio books helps, since it takes no effort to keep listening, even if it is less interesting). The language was too flowery and, sorry to say, boring. But after that part of the book is done, the rest is mostly fascinating.

Having completed the book and having re-listened to many parts, my understanding and admiration of this way of life and the persons that follow it has much increased. It is not at all like the religion many of us (in the west) are exposed to through the media, or our local churches/mosques/temples. IMO much more honest and principled that many religious practioners.

It has also helped me understand India much better. In the west we are raised with Socrates, Plato and Aristotle's way of looking at life. In India people grow up with stories like this (Bhagavad Gita and the Vedas). Hence a much different outlook on life.

If you are interested in such subjects, you must read this book.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • J.P.
  • West Jordan, UT, USA
  • 10-15-09

Self-Realization

This is an absolutely fascinating book! You get an honest look into the life of an amazing being. You also (if you don't know) get to learn what it means to be a yogi and what a yogi is. This book could be a stepping stone for a great many people who are ready for something nearly everyone really wants... Self-Realization! No question, this book is for YOU.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • kjzee
  • 02-22-17

Great biography, enlightening! Wrong narrator!

What did you like most about Autobiography of a Yogi?

It is a fascinating insight in to the spiritual world of India at the turn of the twentieth century. Some amazing stories and tales, and great wisdom too. A totally other world, amazing!! A real insight in to the nature of spiritual life, spiritual communties and Kriya yoga techniques.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ben Kingsley?

I really did not think that Ben Kingsley was the right narrator for this book. Of course he is an incredibly well spoken great English actor but it makes the book sound really pretentious. It is delivered in a fantastical and pompous way that makes everything mono-weighted. To me it undermines the narrative as it sounds like he is over-egging it, almost like a fairy tale. I don't know who would have been better to be somebody who has a less polarising and colonial accent.

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

No... I got fed up of Kingsley's voice and had to have frequent breaks! It was the power of the book itself and the wisdom it contains that kept bringing me back... I would have asked for a refund otherwise!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Louis Raubenheimer
  • 12-13-17

A masterful account of a most beautiful life

What a wonderful tale. A must read for anyone with an interest in spirituality, eastern religion or India, its people and its colourful history. I feel nearer to God having listened to it and it has inspired me to continue my own spiritual growth with ever more dedication and discipline. Quite magical

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  • Shaun K.
  • 11-14-17

Uplifting

Difficult to follow at times
Worth preserving. An enjoyable and detailed account of his life.

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  • Holly C.
  • 05-20-17

A perfectly long winded introduction to yoga.

Thank you for sharing the wondrous tales of your experience Yogananda. I know I have only a glimpse of what is possible spirituality, through reading this book, but it was a perfectly slow and unfolding discovery for me.

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  • Karl
  • 05-08-17

Life-enhancing

I'm grateful to have fortuitously stumbled across this amazing book. At worst this is a well written, enjoyable and epic book, read by an Oscar winner. At best it is the truth you have been searching for.

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  • Sinead Wall
  • 04-12-17

Wonderful

I have listened to this several times now and I love it. I find it fascinating.

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  • 12-23-16

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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Oh Dear, Oh Dear, Oh Dear. Its had its time and it is not Now. It did make me laugh though.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Niels
  • 11-24-16

Great story

Inspires to dream and try to live a purer, more meaningful life.

Excellent narration, although a bit flat at times.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Petrica TARAS
  • 01-16-17

classic shyster story

First the good - the narrator is good. There are some decent bits of philosophy (hence two stars at the overall rating) but not too much. This book is regarded as a classic - so you might want to give it a bit of a chance for your reading portofolio.

If you ask me - absolutely not! It is very obvious that his Holliness Yogananda is making stuff up and has no idea what he is talking. This is obvious for instance if you have a background in physics - you can clear identify this rabbit (and his deluded followers) as shysters. Or you might be familiar with some of the tricks these crookes are using to deceive people.

The irony is that he acknowledges that various sacred texts are not to be taken literaly i.e. no ghosts, demons, etc. are to be believed that exists but their stories should be taken as made-up examples to enforce some spiritual idea or concept. But then he proceeds further with even more crazy voodoo - he (or people he knows) communicate frequently over space and time with others, force actions to happen, serious wounding which heals very fast and complete, etc. And he claims all these are backed up by science, for which he skips proof obviously cause there is none and even him barely passed his academic degree. Speaking of academic degree here is his work philosophy: he avoids any work during semesters - then he goes to his guru and asks for guidance during the final exams - and he passes! What is to be taken from here? That if you skip hard work, but have a sharp guru, you can avoid sweating during the semester? Unbelievable!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Levi Mercury
  • 11-05-17

Narration has no character

I love this book as I read the hard copy, however I found the audible version boring as the narration had no character, he didn't switch voices it was the same monotone voice throughout. This made my mind wander and I miss parts of the story as I wasn't forced on the words. The narration didn't hold my attention. Because of this I closed my audible account. Not pleased!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful