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Autobiography of a Yogi

A book by Paramahansa Yogananda.

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This is an excellent spiritual book

  • Feb 15, 2011
The Autobiography of a yogi has sparked my interest in reading spiritual books like the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita for the insightful pearls of wisdom they contain. These insights really make the book enjoyable to me. The Gita is India's most important spiritual text. The goal of the science of yoga is stated in Psalms 46:10 in the Bible. The goal of yoga is to achieve inner stillness so that a person can know God. I am not an overly religious person, but I do think inner stillness can be a worthy goal for every person. This book is filled with quotes from the Bible and the Gita. There is a passage from the Bhagavad Gita that talks about how the nature of man is to be active and not lazy.

The writing in this book is very vivid. Yogananda's description of how beautiful Kashmir is makes me want to book a flight just to see the beauty of nature there. I would love to see the caves and cathedrals in southern India described in this book.

This autobiography is not easy to read, but the information is valuable. Some of the names and words in the book are hard to pronounce. One thing is certain. Paramahansa Yogananda had a fascinating life. There is one photo in the book that shows him addressing a crowd of people. The caption under this photo states that in thirty two years in the West, he taught 100,000 people the practice of Kriya yoga. Kriya yoga is a form of yoga that relaxes a person senses and organs. It can improve concentration and quality of sleep.

Several miracles are described in this book that are hard to believe. There is a picture of a woman who did not eat or drink anything for over fifty years. There is another incidence of a miracle where the author suddenly has the ability to speak English just by praying to his guru. This book suggests that anyone is capable of performing a miracle if their belief in the Divine is strong enough.

The beliefs of Paramahansa Yogananda influenced a diversity of people like Gandhi and plant scientist Luther Burbank. Millions of regular citizens all over the world continue to be influenced by his form of meditation. One of the beliefs of his self realization fellowship is that yoga can liberate a person for physical disease and improve mental and spiritual health. This is a very hopeful message that makes this book so appealing to me. I highly recommend this book.

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February 17, 2011
Sounds like a great read! I'm a big fan of Yoga too! Excellent review!
February 17, 2011
Whoooa, crazy! I'm a huge fan of yoga and meditation, as well as all of the visuals and stories behind and associated with that, so I'll have to check this book out. Great review, Robert!
February 15, 2011
Good review Robert. I too have read and enjoyed AoaY (many years ago), though I listened to the excellent audiobook version read by the masterful Ben Kingsley, which probably added to my enjoyment. There is a lot to be taken from this book and the story of Yogananda's life.
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This book is a must-read for the budding yogi, the spiritual veteran looking for a deeper understanding, and everyone in between... --Yogi Times

Fabulous stories from his life keep the reader inspired, informed, and thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. --Yoga Journal
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ISBN-10: 0876120796
ISBN-13: 978-0876120798
Author: Paramahansa Yogananda
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Self-Realization Fellowship
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