Autobiography of a Yogi is at once a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. Profoundly inspiring, it is at the same time vastly entertaining, warmly humorous and filled with extraordinary personages. With engaging candor, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda tells the inspiring chronicle of his life: the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America. Also recorded here are his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Luther Burbank, the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann, and other celebrated spiritual personalities of East and West. The author clearly explains the subtle but definite laws behind both the ordinary events of everyday life and the extraordinary events commonly termed miracles. His absorbing life story becomes the background for a penetrating and unforgettable look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence.
Selected as "One of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century", Autobiography of a Yogi has been translated into more than 30 languages, and is regarded worldwide as a classic of religious literature. Several million copies have been sold, and it continues to appear on best-seller lists after more than sixty consecutive years in print. Self-Realization Fellowship's editions, and none others, include extensive material added by the author after the first edition was published, including a final chapter on the closing years of his life.
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A must read for those seeking God
After stumbling upon this book I soon realized it was by no accident. Circumstances in my life had led me to seek God about how to deal with them, as I had done for the last 36 years. This time God's response was different. He was determined to draw me closer to him than ever before, and to change my way of seeing and dealing with him and my life concerns and life in general. He wanted me to know his loving ways towards me and all his creation, his sweet expressions of himself all around.
The encounter and reading of this book is a small but critical part of this leg of my spiritual journey. And if you're seeking a closeness with God, wanting to hear his voice and learn from him, this book will give you insight and direction.
My spiritual expression through my Judaic-Christian points of view have not been challenged by this book. Instead, I've found a deeper understanding and an appreciation for the foundational aspects of my religion.
Read it and be blessed.
A Bridge Between Earth and Heaven
What a transformative, uplifting, enigmatic and practical guide to quite simply achieve self-realization and God consciousness. Simply profound and immensley enjoyable!