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From the PublisherParamhansa Yogananda: A Biography expresses Swami Kriyananda’s sincere devotion to one whom he calls ‘master’ and ‘avatar’ and in whom he sees the image and likeness of God. But Yoganandaji was also a human being, and Kriyananda reveals this humanity in a way that speaks directly to every reader, whether a devotee or just a seeker. I thank the author for not retelling episodes already narrated in Yogananda’s own Autobiography of a Yogi. What a reader does not find in one book, he or she may find in the other. The voices of disciple and master sing in counterpoint, in which dissonant passages are resolved in harmonious cadences. Other voices need to be heard, since Yogananda’s contribution to humankind cannot be confined between the covers of two or three books. Peter Heehs, author of The Lives of Sri Aurobindo, has offered us a model of historical research, both scholarly and reverent, into a great Indian master, who was a distant cousin of Yogananda. When the archives currently kept under lock and key are finally opened, the scholarly study of them will surely enhance our understanding of Paramhansa Yogananda’s life and teaching. In the meantime, Swami Kriyananda’s biography is, and will remain, a primary source for knowing him who was the twentieth century’s greatest yogi.
– Camaldolese-Benedictine, author of Yoga and the Jesus Prayer Tradition., September, 2011
Paramhansa Yogananda is one of the stalwarts who brought yoga to the West in its original form. While Autobiography of a Yogi is a book on Paramhansa Yogananda very difficult to be outdone, personal interactive information presented in Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography with Personal Reflections and Reminiscences brings out information on Paramhansa from a vantage point most of his followers would cherish. Many early age events in Yogananda’s life are helpful to see how those elements already in his life manifested later into his stature. This book will help many who are inclined spiritually to connect events in their lives to their higher pursuits.
–Bal Ram Singh, PhD, Director, Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; September, 2011
I devoured Swami Kriyananada's anticipated biography of Paramhansa Yogananda like a hungry devotee in order to come closer to the great master of Kriya Yoga. I highly recommend this book to all spiritual seekers, and with heartfelt gratitude to Swami Kriyananada for sharing the life of such a Great Soul with poetic candor and factual imagery. I love the way this book is written like a historical novel, in which one who was so near and dear to our beloved Yogananda has shared with intimate detail, remembering every word of the Great Master's dialogues so that those conversations came alive for me. Ananda Moyi Ma devotees around the world, as myself, will be thrilled with this intimate portrait of Paramhansa Yogananda, who we so greatly love and regard.
–Dr. Swami Ramananda Maharaj, President of the Nevada Institute of Asian Study, author of Bliss Now and From India with Love; September, 2011
His holiness Paramhansa Yoganandaji continues and will ever continue to lead us on our spiritual path. His Autobiography of a Yogi is already a sourcebook of inspiration for all of us. This new biography of his holiness by an eminent disciple like Swami Kriyanandaji will add to the inspirational treasure of Yogananda’s life.Long live Paramhansa Yogananda and his immortal and universal message!
– Dr. Ram Karan Sharma, author of Researches in Indian and Buddhist Philosophy; September, 2011
Where did we come from, why are we here, and where does this life lead to? Swami Kriyananda is the most experienced philosopher that could help us understand how his guru answers these questions. Through this biography of Paramhansa Yogananda, people will discover their divine nature and potential.
–Bikram Choudhury, Founder of Bikram’s Yoga College of India, author of Bikram Yoga; September, 2011
Swami Kriyananda’s book, Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography is a unique look at one of the greatest spiritual masters ever to live in America. The book is filled with hundreds of new stories and alive with luminous insights. It is not just a biography, but a window onto the nature of reality, the spiritual quest, and the life and teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
–Jyotish Novak, Spiritual Director of Ananda Worldwide, author of How to Meditate; September, 2011
A deeply insightful look into the life of one of the greatest spiritual figures of our time, by one of his most accomplished, yet last-remaining living disciples. Like the life it depicts—this book is a gem!
–Walter Cruttenden, author of Lost Star of Myth and Time; September, 2011
This new biography of Paramhansa Yogananda will pave the path of perfection in the spiritual journey of each individual. I like this book. It is a masterpiece that serves as a guide in daily life. Through the stories of his life and the unfolding of his destiny, Yogananda’s life story will inspire the reader and flower a spiritual awakening in every heart.
–Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc., Ayurvedic Physician, author of Ayurveda: Science of Self-Healing, Textbook of Ayurveda series, and more; September, 2011