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Autobiography of a Yogi (Self-Realization Fellowship) Hardcover – July 1, 1994
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Fabulous stories from his life keep the reader inspired, informed, and thoroughly entertained from beginning to end.--Yoga Journal --Yoga Journal
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His stories of encounters with amazing saints of all regions and religions are spell-binding, and you may find yourself (like me) devouring the whole book on your first read -- just reveling in the wonders of these true spiritual seekers. On successive readings I delved deeper into the equally fascinating footnotes, learning about the exotic realms of Indian spirituality and its unexpected parallels with the original Christian teachings of Christ, St. John, and St. Paul.
In fact, the countless strata of insights and implications that surface with repeated readings of Autobiography of a Yogi argue for spending a few more dollars on the trade paperback rather than the mass market paperback edition, since you'll want to return numerous times over the years. The Self-Realization Fellowship editions are to be preferred over others. Yogananda himself started that organization (SRF), and the award-winning quality of SRF editing and printing shines through them - in contrast to bootlegged editions printed up by renegade outfits.
In all my reading in spirituality, yoga, and comparative religion, I have discovered no work that so completely fulfills Carl Jung's prophecy that yoga science (the whole science, not just the athletic postures) will offer you ''undreamed-of possibilities'' as Yogananda's autobiography.Read more ›
Always averse to things religious (as being arbitrarily authoritarian) and spiritual (as being delusional), I was at an initial loss to explain why this book riveted my attention. Yoga was way too 'airy-fairy' for my hard-headed mind. Somehow I was won over within a few sentences, spellbound by a spiritual author who wrote humbly, declined to adopt the self-righteousness of many a preacher, and yet related astounding spiritual events and principles - dating back to his infancy.
I was impressed to hear deep respect for the paths of all truth-seekers: of Hindus, Buddhists, Moslems, Christians, Jews; of humanists and scientists, transcendentalists and missionaries. His accounts were so personable and reasonable, his interdisciplinary insights so compelling, that I found myself questioning all materialist prejudices and weighing seriously his other-worldly claims.
During the first few chapters, in the background of my mind, I was quietly weighing explanations for this book, this mind, this spirit: was he a liar? a lunatic? or can the world really hold such miracles of life and Spirit as he depicts here? With liars and lunatics I'd had way too much acquaintance and knew: this was written by neither of these. I confronted myself: must I not overthrow my narrow, long-entrenched scientist's view of world and life, origin and death, reality and truth?
Through college and graduate school I'd always craved to meet a real leader - one who embodied Truth, exuded wisdom, lived a Gandhi-like life - that might transform this modern world.Read more ›
This book is also a great contribution to the cause of world peace and understanding among the people of different faiths and creeds; the abstract concept of world brotherhood becomes more real and immediate a concept after reading this book. I would recommend anyone who has not read this book -- no matter what his or her creed maybe -- to order a copy right away; this may be the best investment in one's life!
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Loved this book that was recommended to me by one of the East Indian doctors I work with. I was surprised by how much this religion is similar to Christ Consciousness and how... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mern D.
Great book. It has raised an interest in a philosophy that had been unexplored by me. Some things seem incredible but allowing an open mind are certainly intriguing. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Andy
Very spiritual and easy to read. Loved the chapter after his guru died telling about the other world.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book should be read at least once as it opens up new doors for your spiritual quest.Published 7 days ago by PHILIP CHOI
There are few words to describe how good this book is, or to give a glimpse of the grandiosity of the treasury behind its pages. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Eduardo S. Janiszewski
Wonderful book! Inspired me to go to the self realization center in s.d..Published 8 days ago by nazdira cuevas
A very provocative, even profound read for anyone with even a hint of an open mind. Spiritually inspiring!Published 9 days ago by Russell K.