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Autobiography of a Yogi Audiobook

Autobiography of a Yogi

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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

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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    Mylene 03-12-17
    Mylene 03-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "what a treat!!"

    my life improved for the better. so thankful for this amazing yogi. love so much

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    Ronald 02-24-17
    Ronald 02-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "This should be a must read for every human being"

    This is one of the most life changing incredible books I have ever read. I look forward to reading it again soon. I am truly inspired and full of hope from the divine truths this book easily relates.

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    Rich 02-19-17
    Rich 02-19-17 Member Since 2016

    Rye-and-Indian, baked daily.

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    "Too Much Religious Science; Too Many Miracles"

    I picked up Yogi for the same reason I've picked up numerous other books in the past year: 50+ years old, culturally iconic, touted by several reviewers, and philosophically challenging. Cherished by George Harrison and Steve Jobs with a "guru/grasshopper" storyline, and narrated by Ben Kingsley: what wouldn't there be to love? "A lot," it turns out.

    Do you love prognostication and miracles in everyday life? Repeated references to sciences that prove the afterlife? If so, you have 18 hours of listening bliss before you. Predictions of disease, death and train delays; 20th century saints who don't eat or sleep; physically proven elements such as 'lifetrons'... on and on. I respect and understand these legends are a big part of Hindi faith, but at the end of the day this rhetoric does nothing for me.

    Several times through the book there were numerous guru/grasshopper relationships that are outright abusive. Guru Sri casting cholera (!) on Mukunda to earn respect and loyalty, Mukunda's thin sister's needing to gain weight in order to have a happy marriage, believers jumping to their death off of cliffs in order to profess belief in their god: just stop. I hope the fellow reader has the ability to see through these dangers and falsehoods.

    The frustrating part about this book is that there -are- pearls of wisdom buried within (pocket notes below); it's just that the sugar-to-sand ratio is so wildly poor. These scenes with the children's schools were pleasant. The chapter with Gandhi was great. I was unaware how intertwined Hinduism is with Christianity. Perhaps a good editor could strip this book down to 150 pages and turn this title into one that would truly bridge the east/west gap. Until that time, steer clear of any lead-based astrological bangles and take your credit elsewhere: 'The Untethered Soul', 'Way of the Peaceful Warrior', and the 'Tao Te Ching' are significantly more satisfying.

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    - Self observance produces seers; self-expression produces egotists
    - Conflicts in the battlefield pale in comparison to the conflicts in man's mind
    - "When the fruit is ripe, the flower falls"
    - Spirituality is measured by state of bliss in meditation
    - The ultimate goal is to overcome the illusion of the physical world ('maya'), and to overcome the fear of death
    - For the faults of the many, judge not the whole: be the wise ant who siezes only sugar and leaves the sand behind
    - "Do not do what you want, then you may do what you like."
    - A man who has reformed himself will reform thousands.
    - Utopia must spring in the private bosom before it can flower in civic virtue.

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    Felipe Mosqueda 02-07-17
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    "Life changing!"

    One of the most impactful books I have ever read. It truly changes you as you read and awakens you to reality. Highly recommend this!

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    andrew bower 02-03-17
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    "Masterpiece"

    What an inspiration. To listen to Yoganandaji's Autobiography Of A Yogi always lifts my spirit. A true masterpiece.

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    Debra naude Laguna Beach, CA, US 01-23-17
    Debra naude Laguna Beach, CA, US 01-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Enlightening"

    Interesting, thought provoking & enlightening. Some information was ver foreign & difficult to digest, notably the chapters describing the astral & causal "worlds" or spheres. Overall very uplifting, hopeful & inspiring.

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    JITENDRA 01-21-17
    JITENDRA 01-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I wish I had read it earlier."

    This book gave me what I had been looking for. I can not explain it in words but the sudden and satisfying transformation that I am observing in myself shows how effective and inspiring this book is. There will always be questions, but this book has given me another perspective and that according to me is a good start on the path where I am seeking the truth.

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    JRob Ohio, USA 01-19-17
    JRob Ohio, USA 01-19-17 Member Since 2015

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    "inspired and inspiring"

    everyone all over the world need read this book hear the loving words of a great master

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    Ananda Edmonds♡ 01-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Lovingly Transformational!!!!!!!!"

    Beloved Paramahansa Yogananda's autobiography is awe-inspiring . Mr. Kingsley's narration was a Divine appointment ~

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    Amazon Customer 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Power of self belief"

    Learnt a lot about power of self belief.

    I still could not believe miracles happen. But after hearing of so many miracles as well as beliefs come true as explained in the book, I am now convinced that "believe in yourself" is what makes you who you are today and going to be in future.

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