Autobiography of a Yogi

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At once a riveting account of an extraordinary life and a remarkably accessible introduction to a little-known spiritual science, Yogananda's Autobiography is something of a publishing phenomenon.

When it first appeared in print in 1946, Newsweek called it "fascinating". The New York Times hailed it as a "rare account". Continuously in print for over fifty years, the Autobiography, remains a seminal work in the field of Eastern religion, and ...

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Overview

At once a riveting account of an extraordinary life and a remarkably accessible introduction to a little-known spiritual science, Yogananda's Autobiography is something of a publishing phenomenon.

When it first appeared in print in 1946, Newsweek called it "fascinating". The New York Times hailed it as a "rare account". Continuously in print for over fifty years, the Autobiography, remains a seminal work in the field of Eastern religion, and still appears on best-seller lists in relevant marketing categories.

Considered a classic in its field since it was first published in 1946, Autobiography of a Yogi continues to attract countless readers seeking authoritative insight into metaphysical truths.

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Editorial Reviews

Columbia University Press
There has been nothing before, written in English or any other language, like this presentation of Yoga.
Noetic Sciences Review
Keeps the reader spellbound. . .A vicarious journey through the mystical path taken by Yogananda.
Newsweek
Fascinating. . . .ingenuously described in the lush style of the Orient.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The original text of Yogananda's classic introduction to Eastern mysticism.
Library Journal
The work is enduringly popular because it introduces millions of readers to Eastern spiritual thought. Yogananda's masterly storytelling epitomizes the Indian oral tradition with its wit, charm, and compassionate wisdom. The yogi begins by showing how his childhood experiences in turn-of-the-century India produced a spiritual youth in search of an enlightened teacher, continues with an account of his years of training in the hermitage of a revered master, and concludes with the highlights of a period, beginning in 1920, during which he lived and taught in America. Yogananda sensitively interprets not only his own spiritual evolution but also his relationship with elements of the West's spiritual tradition, such as the story of Adam and Eve, providing a penetrating look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence. Bibliographical footnotes, which would have interrupted Kingsley's magnificent narration, are thoughtfully included in an accompanying booklet. -- James Dudley, Copiague, New York
Library Journal
The work is enduringly popular because it introduces millions of readers to Eastern spiritual thought. Yogananda's masterly storytelling epitomizes the Indian oral tradition with its wit, charm, and compassionate wisdom. The yogi begins by showing how his childhood experiences in turn-of-the-century India produced a spiritual youth in search of an enlightened teacher, continues with an account of his years of training in the hermitage of a revered master, and concludes with the highlights of a period, beginning in 1920, during which he lived and taught in America. Yogananda sensitively interprets not only his own spiritual evolution but also his relationship with elements of the West's spiritual tradition, such as the story of Adam and Eve, providing a penetrating look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence. Bibliographical footnotes, which would have interrupted Kingsley's magnificent narration, are thoughtfully included in an accompanying booklet. -- James Dudley, Copiague, New York
Columbia University Press
There has been nothing before, written in English or any other language, like this presentation of Yoga.
Newsweek
Fascinating. . . .ingenuously described in the lush style of the Orient.
Noetic Sciences Review
Keeps the reader spellbound. . .A vicarious journey through the mystical path taken by Yogananda.
Columbia Univ. Press
There has been nothing before, written in English or any other language, like this presentation of Yoga.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876120798
  • Publisher: Self-Realization Fellowship
  • Publication date: 12/28/1978
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 85,221
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 4.62 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Paramahansa Yogananda is recognized as one of the greatest emissaries to the West of India's ancient wisdom. His life and teachings continue to be a source of light and inspiration to people of all races, cultures and creeds.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2006

    Are you ready to change your life?

    We all finally get to a point in our life, usually after much pain, where we answer this question with a resounding 'yes.' When that time comes, according to Hindu tradition, the Guru appears. Funny, I thought I was Catholic. This book not only opened my mind to new possibilities, but changed my life forever. I soon found myself waking up every morning happy- something I had not experienced before. And all because I learned a technique called meditation which helped me to realize that God is in all, but most especially, in the form of this beautiful man from India who I now respectfully refer to as my Guru. What can I say- if you are going to get hooked on something or someone-I highly recommend getting drunk on God. Yogananda will show you how. A mind & soul altering book.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

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    Highly Recommended

    I could not put this book down!!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Awesome!!!!

    This book is amazing! Its a great read and very inspirational and enlightening. Even though spirituality is the underlying theme in this book, it is great for everyone! I give it out as gifts all the time. This book is really good for the mind and soul and promotes positivity and happiness.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2009

    Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

    I liked the book because I've started meditating and I now realize there are different types of yoga/yogis. There's the physical type and the meditating type.

    I enjoyed hearing all of the stories. There was a lot of faith and patience that everything would turn out just fine and it did.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Very enlightening and inspiring

    This book changed my life. It gave such a simple way to look at spirituality. I would definitely recommend this to any reader interested in spirituality

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Facinating!

    Very modern philosophy for such an ancient religion. Very fast read for first half. Alittle slower in the middle, but stick with it, extremely interesting man to read about. I enjoyed this book very much!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Inspriational

    I read this book many years ago and keep going back to it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I loved it a real magic carpet ride. Whether Jew, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, whatever your religion you will enjoy this book. It is a journey toward enlightenment, and an adventure by car and boat. This is an adventure that takes you on a quest through several countries and beliefs. I found a miracle on almost on every page. I loved every minute.So long as you keep an open mind you will love it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    You won't regret it!

    An amazing book. Very inspirational.
    I'm a procrastinator. Regarding yoga/meditation, my approach for the last 6 or 7 years has been: I'll start next month.
    If 'Autobiography' doesn't light that fire under me, nothing will. I've actually reached out to the organization and requested some home lessons to start.
    If you're not totally into yoga, that's fine. Neither was/am I, but the book even reads like a novel quite often. The story, in itself, is fun.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    If you only read one of Paramhansaji's books, this is the one!

    I am a student of Yogananda and Kriyananda's form of Kriya Yoga, I am discipled in Ananda, the organisation Kriyananda founded after his guru's death to carry on Yogananda's untainted teachings. I must say that this is, of all the writings of these two great men of God, the most important of their books to read, followed closely by 'God is for Everyone' which was written by Kriyananda as a modernisation of Yogananda's 'Science of Religion', and 'Awaken to Superconsciousness' also by Kriyananda.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2004

    Lyrical, Spiritual, Grounded

    I greatly enjoyed this book. It blends the life story of a great man who lived during a very interesting era, with valuable insight into the spiritual realm generally and yoga specifically. Yogananda does not try to convince the skeptic. He simply and humbly presents his story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2002

    Classic on Comparative Religion & Raja Yoga

    I was deeply effected in a positive way upon my first reading of Yogananda's life in the Autobiography of a Yogi. It took me to a deeper level of understanding and motivated me to a more serious and better informed spiritual search. There is a lot of thought provoking data here for most students of comparative religion. Yogananda opens up a revelation of fresh and valid spritiual concepts that answered many of my long lived querys. The most recent editions are the most accurate, as the author later added the 49th chapter and made important changes with each new printing. He appointed and personally trained 2 editors-in-chiefs to continue this process after his passing. Their work is very much in tune with the process which he himself began. And very much appreciated. From my research into his other writings, the editions with the orange covers are clearly representing the real Paramanhansa Yogananda. This book will change your life! I know it changed mine.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2001

    Thank You , Paramahansa Yogananda

    'Autobiography of a Yogi ' is , for me , the most important contribution in answering life's questions that pertain to ' Why are we here ( ? ) ' . Paramahansa Yogananda is one of God's saints. He is a prophet of love. I wish I had the words to express how good I feel about what he has written. He explains what Jesus meant about The Christ Consciousness. He explains many verses from the old testament of the Bible. He stressed over and again how important it is to meditate on Almighty God and the importance of yoga. He wrote two chapters that relate to ' Man does not live by bread alone '. He shared with us his encounter with his resurrected ( ! ) Guru, Sri Yukteswar, who had explained to him the allegory of the Garden of Eden. He explained many similarities of Hinduism and Christianity , including the 'Sat, Tat ,and Aum ' of Hinduism and its direct correlation to the 'Father , Son , and Holy Spirit' of Christianity. He candidly offered the realization that until humankind does away with its desires for money, sex , and wine, we will still reincarnate on the plane of earth. He tells us that few have known the final truths , and when asked as to what they are, remain silent - - we must leave some questions to the infiite.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    I loved this autobiography. The stories of his youth were amazin

    I loved this autobiography. The stories of his youth were amazing but more amazing were his travels to the United States. He is an inspiration. I will look for more of his work.




    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

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    I have always loved this book

    This is a fascinating supposedly true story of the man who brought yoga to the U.S. Although recently I watched the film "Kumare" on Netflix and so now I wonder . . . and also I am a Christian and believe we are to look only to God for everything, but this is a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Best Book!

    The best book I've read in years. Life changing. Read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Amazing

    Great for seaching minds.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Excellent, Informative & Inspirational

    Excellent vocabulary skills and profound wisdom! Gives much insight into the Hindu spiritual path.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Mmmmmm

    Looks interesting should I get it?

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    good

    its boring at first but then it gets better

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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