Finding God through Yoga: Paramahansa Yogananda and Modern American Religion in a Global Age

Finding God through Yoga: Paramahansa Yogananda and Modern American Religion in a Global Age

by David J. Neumann

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ISBN-13: 9781469648644
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/07/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 900,229
File size: 7 MB

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David J. Neumann is assistant professor of history education at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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Uniformly perceptive and utterly convincing, Neumann reveals Paramahansa Yogananda's penchant for 'imaginative reconstruction' while preserving the guru's humanity through it all. At once fair, honest, and unflinching, this book will certainly be warmly welcomed and used widely as the standard scholarly source for the life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, as well as for the understanding of Hinduism—and religious charisma—in America. There is nothing else like it."—Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion, Rice University



In fine style that makes this book fun to read, Neumann's much-needed study of Paramahansa Yogananda clarifies the relationship between Christianity and Yogananda's Hindu roots. Highlighting the development of an American Hinduism, Neumann reminds us that the great yogi died as an American citizen buried in the soil of his adopted country but also as a thoroughly global guru well before the term became widely adopted. I will use this book in my classes, too, as an insightful way to understand Yogananda's ever-popular classic, Autobiography of a Yogi."—Joanne Punzo Waghorne, Syracuse University

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