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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: 9780876120835
  • Publisher: Self-Realization Fellowship
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 143,456
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India to a devout family. According to his younger brother, Sananda, from his earliest years young Mukunda's awareness and experience of the spiritual was far beyond the ordinary. In his youth he sought out many of India's Hindu sages and saints, hoping to find an illuminated teacher to guide him in his spiritual quest.

Yogananda's seeking after various saints mostly ended when he met his guru, Swami Yukteswar Giri, in 1910, at the age of 17. He describes his first meeting with Yukteswar as a rekindling of a relationship that had lasted for many lifetimes

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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.

    13 out of 13 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 September 17, 2014

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    This book also reveals, for the first time to Westerners the los

    This book also reveals, for the first time to Westerners the lost science of Kriya Yoga (which means, "Divine Union"), which is a scientific technique to develop direct experience of God. Yogananda explains this technique, its history, and why it is so effective.I was so mesmerized by it that I had a hard time to put down the book until I had finished reading it. Since then I have reread it a few times. The book, you may say, touched my very soul. After reading the book, I signed up with Self-Realization Fellowship, Yogananda's Los Angeles based spiritual organization, to receive the weekly Lessons that the great saint had left for us before he left his body. What those lessons have done for me, there are no words to express.  Whether you are religious or not, you will find this masterfully well-written work touch you in ways that you've not dreamed of. Yogananda orchestrates chapters about the astral realms, great scientists, poets, saints (in India as well as in the West), masters, Gandhi, and others which are both moving and inspirational. highly recommended read.   

    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 January 20, 2014

    The best book I ever read!

    The best book I ever read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    The Personality of a Politician

    Yogananda has the personality of a politician: capable of projecting great warmth to sway others to his point of view. Nevertheless, it is odd for the autobiography of a parmamahansa to contain so many stories of authority figures acceding to the author's "superior" person.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    one of the greatest

    life enhancing

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    Listening to the soul.

    The book looks deeper into the soul that connects with the invisible, undestroyable power that drives the cycle of life and death.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Boring...

    Boring...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    An amazing read.

    A must read for anyone with an interest in spirituality.

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