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Publisher's Summary

Yogananda was one of the most significant spiritual teachers of the 20th century. Since his classic Autobiography of a Yogi was first published in 1946, its popularity has increased steadily throughout the world. Great teachers work through their students, and Yogananda was no exception. As Swami Kriyananda wrote for in the introduction to this audiobook, "After I'd been with him a year and a half, he began urging me to write down the things he was saying during informal conversations."

The Essence of Self-Realization, nearly 300 sayings rich with spiritual wisdom, is the fruit of that labor of love. The scope of this book is vast - it offers as complete an explanation of life's true purpose, and the way to achieve that purpose, as may be found anywhere. A few of the chapters include "The True Purpose of Life"; "On Meditation"; "How to Pray Effectively"; "The Law of Karma"; "The Lesson of Reincarnation"; and "Ways in Which God Can Be Worshiped". Filled with lessons and stories that Yogananda shared only with his closest disciples, this volume offers one of the most insightful and engaging glimpses into the life and lessons of a great sage. Much of the material presented here is not available anywhere else.

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A worthy effort

A lot of interesting material. I did find the narrator's heavy breathing distracting for a while, but perhaps that was mainly because I was listening to it on a bedside boombox a foot from my ear. Since this is second-hand information based on recollections and notes, it made me want to read more from the hand of Yogananda himself for comparison...

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Enlightened words from an Enlightened Being!

Yogananda inspires again - like a distilled and condensed version of his teachings from his classic

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Great Self Realization Audio Book

Love Yogananda teachings it's full of wisdom. Advantages of audio book is that you can listen to it over and over to get the message to sink into your consciousness. I can listen while driving and let his words germinate positive seeds within.

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Does not suits in today’s world

With advancements and things that are proved by science today, book seems out dated. Everything revolves around blind faith in god and instances given seems repetitive.

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Tears of joy

The book made me cry, and then gave me peace afterwards. I am calm now

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  • shiva
  • United States
  • 08-24-12

good contents. bad narration

What did you love best about The Essence of Self-Realization?

awesome contents. Great message for the soul.

What did you like best about this story?

okawesome contents. Great message for the soul.

How could the performance have been better?

awesome contents. Great message for the soul.

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

yes

Any additional comments?

narrator was breathing all the time during narration

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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moving to say the least.

moving to say the least. quick simple bits of knowledge. tho i still rather read, there is something lost in not visually taking in the text.

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Bad all around

What would have made The Essence of Self-Realization better?

This is a man reading from a piece of paper - it is kind of in list form. Not inspiring

Has The Essence of Self-Realization turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

How could the performance have been better?

YES!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Essence of Self-Realization?

All

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  • Mrs A Higgins
  • 10-03-16

Blissful

Astoundingly beautiful. Swami Kriyananda relates his Maste'rs words with perfection infused with inseparable love.

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  • 05-12-18

Awful narration

I couldn’t finish this - I didn’t get past the first chapter. The narration is breathy and awful. I hope someone else picks it up to read as I’m sure some pearls of wisdom are contained within!