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Autobiography of a Yogi

Book + CD Set
Self-Realization Fellowship
September, 2006
$18.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Since its first publication in 1946, this book has beneficially influenced countless thousands of people in their spiritual quest. For a great many its reading has marked a timeless crossroads in their inner life, when they have made a deeper commitment to spiritual awakening.

Sitarist Ravi Shankar recalls: “I met Paramahansa Yogananda on two occasions in the 1930s as a boy.... Twenty years later someone have me Autobiography of a Yogi.... The moment I started reading that book, it did something to me that I can’t describe. I have read many books on yoga, by yogis; but I was never impresssed as with this book. It has some magic in it.”

In relating Yogananda’s fascinating life story, Autobiography of a Yogi presents a practical, far-sighted, and universal concept of life that reaffirms the infinite potentials latent within every man and woman. The editions published by the Self-Realization Fellowship contain extensive material added by Yogananda after the first edition, including the last chapter. As well, there are some twenty pages of photographs highlighting his life and travels.

This book is at once an absorbing account of a singular search for Truth and a profound introduction to the whole science and philosophy of Yoga, revealing the underlying unity of the great religions of East and West. Yogananda recounts his experiences and training with modern-day saints and illumined masters of India and explains with scientific clarity the subtle but definite laws by which yogis perform miracles and attain self-mastery.

In a recent article about the book, India Journal concludes, “Among the thousands of books that are published each year, there are those that entertain, those that instruct, those that edify. A reader can consider himself fortunate if he finds one that does all three. Autobiography of a Yogi is rarer still—it is a book that opens windows of the mind and spirit.”

“As an eyewitness recountal of the extraordinary lives and powers of modern Hindu saints, the book has importance both timely and timeless.” —W.Y. Evans-Wentz

“These pages reveal, with incomparable strength and clarity, a fascinating life, a personality of such unheard-of greatness that from beginning to end, the reader is left breathless.... one is involuntarily taken back to the days of Jesus.... In these pages is undeniable proof that only the mental and spiritual striving of man has lasting value, and that he can conquer all material obstacles by inner strength.... We must credit this important biography with the power to bring about a spiritual revolution.” —Schleswig-Holsteinische Tagespost, Germany

Publisher’s Description: 

Throughout the decades, one title that continues to appear on best-seller lists is Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. This timeless book remains a seminal work in the field of Eastern religion -- the definitive introduction to the science and philosophy of yoga meditation that draws more readers with each passing year.

All our editions of the Autobiography include extensive material added by the author after the first edition was published, including a final chapter on the closing years of his life. Also included are numerous high-quality photographs and a complete subject index.

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