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Self-Realization Fellowship
Autobiography of a Yogi / Edition 13

Autobiography of a Yogi / Edition 13

by Paramahansa Yogananda, W. Y. Evans-Wentz


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ISBN-13: 9780876120835
Publisher: Self-Realization Fellowship
Publication date: 05/01/1994
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 520
Sales rank: 166,261
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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Autobiography of a Yogi 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
KTM730 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book looks deeper into the soul that connects with the invisible, undestroyable power that drives the cycle of life and death.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Garret on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a book that has changed so many minds and lives throughout this planet. [It's said to be one of the most translated and the best selling spiritual autobiography.] One view: it's a travelogue. Through the observations of this affable outsider narrator we see america, the early 20th century, and some towering personalities in spiritual perspective. Yogananda sees through a mystic's POV, and when it comes time to show us his world, then comes the astonishment. For me, most fascinating was when, through a visitation from his recently departed guru, he reveals "geographic and cultural" details of the Astral realm (the immediate afterworld, if you prefer), and beyond that. Considering the esoteric info revealed, this is a remarkably accessible spiritual autobiography.
BarbaraBorgeld on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is one of my all-time favorite reads. It gave me answers to spiritual encounters I have had that no one before was able to help me find. It is written with a fresh innocence that gave me 'permission' to search outside of my cultural box to find an ancient world filled with beauty and the love of God.
PJMazumdar on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is not Yoga!!Yoga is an intellectual search for the truth. It doesnt depend on such fanciful fables and claims.And Yogananda really goes way out with his claims!! It starts with him remembering himself as a fetus when he knew all languages and finally selected the one he was hearing as his mother tongue and his first memories right after he was born when he saw his mother. The claims keep getting wilder and wilder, beginning with minor miracles like controlling his kite as a child, to fantastical claims like Yogis who never eat, become invisible, fly through the air and do just about anything that Superman does, and much more! There's a photograph of Yogananda standing alone with a caption, "Yogananda standing with his master, who did not care to be photographed, so he made himself invisible." It requires a very strong gullibility to accept this. If anyone wants to become invisible or fly, they should go, not to a Yoga teacher, but to David Copperfield.I am amazed that people in the West still seem to like this book. Many reviewers write about how they have learned about a 'different culture' and a 'different way of thinking' from this book, as if in India we are quite used to seeing our Yogis flying through the air and so on.It would be quite natural for anyone who first comes into contact with Yoga through this book to develop a strong cynicism about Hinduism and its practises, including Yoga. But this is not Yoga at all. To learn about Yoga, I would recommend reading Swami Vivekananda and Ramkrishna Paramahansa, these were great teachers who also achieved relevatory experiences through Yoga but certainly never made any such absurd claims. Yoga is not the magic and superstitious fable that this book makes it out to be.
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A must read for anyone with an interest in spirituality.
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Vita7 More than 1 year ago
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.