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Paramhansa Yogananda was the first yoga master of India whose mission it was to permanently live and teach in the West. In the 1920s, as he criss-crossed the United States on what he called his "spiritual campaigns", his enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls of America. His initial impact was truly impressive. But his lasting influence is greater still.

This audiobook, the version of which was first published in 1946, helped launch a spiritual revolution in the West. Only rarely does a sage of Paramhansa Yogananda's stature write a firsthand account of his life experiences. Followers of many religious traditions have come to recognize Autobiography of a Yogi as a masterpiece of spiritual literature. Yet, for all its depth, it is full of gentle humor, lively stories, and practical common sense. Now, with this audiobook, the 1946 edition is again available, with all its inherent power, just as the great master of yoga first presented it.

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Wonderfully awe-some &inspiring. Spiritually rich.

What made the experience of listening to Autobiography of a Yogi the most enjoyable?

The spiritual tales, the richly detailed and inspiring autobiograhic info of many contemporary (or almost contemporary) yogis and saints

What other book might you compare Autobiography of a Yogi to and why?

Steve Jobs <br/>Because not only he have been reading this book since his teenage years to his last days, but because it is a very detailed and inspiring autobiographic account.

Which scene was your favorite?

The meeting of Yogananda and his master with the "deathless saint"

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

High Tech Spirituality: Autobiography of a Yogi

Any additional comments?

Great book, containing spiritual tales not usually exposed in public, including highly advanced spiritual and inspiring information, if compared with other spiritual books. <br/>:Lots of heart, love, reason and practicality.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • Gerringong, Australia
  • 06-18-08

Wisdom; Knowledge; Humbling.

It didn't take long to accustom the the dialect of the narrator, then I really found his voice soothing and heart opening to listen to.
As for the book, its starts off slow, but it is worth hanging in. The second half of the book is a treasure of experiences and learning. Overall it is an amazing story. Really gives us "mere mortals" a perspective of where we are on the journey to enlightenment, and the potential that lays within all of us. Inspiring! It would appeal to a person serious about their spiritual development. It expanded my mind well beyond what it was before listening this truly amazing autobiography.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Where does Autobiography of a Yogi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is one of the best I have ever read and listen. Every word is understandable and I hear it with pleasure.

What other book might you compare Autobiography of a Yogi to and why?

None because is only one biography written by the author himself.

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  • James
  • rocky point, NY, USA
  • 04-04-09

Another must have

I learned a lot from this book .A very detailed life story of a great spiritual master .Gives understanding of spiritual evolution of a yogi.I dont like the narators voice.I learned to deal with it because i like the story .Can be slow at times but if you are intrested its a must have

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The narrator sounds like he has emphysema

I have no doubt this is a wonderful book but after battling through 3 chapters I cannot imagine another 18 hours listening to this narrator, the audio quality is poor and you can hear him breathing deeply in to the microphone after each syllable.
I wish I could get my money back - I have downloaded the version narrated by Ben Kingsley instead.

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Thank You

Thank You Lord for putting this book in my path. I am truly blessed. Thanks Yoganandaji.

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  • Emma
  • Cincinnati
  • 09-06-17

The best and most beautifully rendered version!!!

What does Swami Kriyananda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Swami Kriyananda gave the story a very authentic voice. Compared to other audiobook versions of Autobiography of a Yogi, this one sounds the most beautiful and most powerful. Most of the time I was fooled into blissfully believing that it was really Yogananda speaking. Again, it sounded very authentic and even sacred. I would highly recommend picking this version over the others!

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Most boring narration ever

Would you try another book from Paramhansa Yogananda and/or Swami Kriyananda?

yes, because of the story.

What did you like best about this story?

Its basic reading for anyone interested in Yoga

Would you be willing to try another one of Swami Kriyananda’s performances?

no- very boring to listen too

Was Autobiography of a Yogi worth the listening time?

yes

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Lovely.

the whole story of Yogananda from boyhood to fruitful success, absolutely inspiring, and in the 1920's on, times were a bit different.

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Great book

One of the best books ive read.Full of wisdom,great for those wanting to grow spiritually

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  • PUA Master
  • 01-05-15

very insightful

there are many chapters which are crap but here are the good ones: 12, 15, 24, 26, 30, 41 and 43.

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  • Thomas wells
  • 09-11-15

life changing

insight into a wonderful life. full of great lessons, wisdom and love. one of my most enjoyed books. it has had a profound effect on my life.

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  • M
  • 04-13-13

Autobiography of a Yogi

This is a louzy book to listen, felt like wasting my time.I would not have bought this if Steve Jobs did not mention this book in his autobiography

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  • Radek
  • 07-17-12

Not for a rational mind

I decided to listen to this audio-book after I read in Steve Jobs biography that was his favourite read. Sadly I cannot digest Autobiography of Yogi. Perhaps I should not read in those stories literally and take it with a pinch of salt.

According to Steve Jobs biography he decided to undertake the anti-cancer therapy when it was already too late. What SJ did instead? He believed that eating apples will cure him. And honestly, all I can think of now is that if you believe in this book you can easily believe that eating apples will heal all your maladies.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful