Autobiography of a Yogi Paperback – 1971
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Born in India on January 5, 1893, Paramahansa Yogananda devoted his life to helping people of all races and creeds to realize and express more fully in their lives the true beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit. After graduating from Calcutta University in 1915, Sri Yogananda took formal vows as a monk of India's venerable monastic Swami Order. Two years later, he began his life's work with the founding of a how-to-live school since grown to twenty-one educational institutions throughout India where traditional academic subjects were offered together with yoga training and instruction in spiritual ideals. In 1920, he was invited to serve as India's delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston. His address to the Congress and subsequent lectures on the East Coast were enthusiastically received, and in 1924 he embarked on a cross-continental speaking tour. Over the next three decades, Paramahansa Yogananda contributed in far-reaching ways to a greater awareness and appreciation in the West of the spiritual wisdom of the East. In Los Angeles, he established an international headquarters for Self-Realization Fellowship, the nonsectarian religious society he had founded in 1920. Through his writings, extensive lecture tours, and the creation of Self-Realization Fellowship temples and meditation centers, he introduced hundreds of thousands of truth-seekers to the ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its universally applicable methods of meditation. Today, the spiritual and humanitarian work begun by Paramahansa Yogananda continues under the direction of Sri Mrinalini Mata, one of his closest disciples and president of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India since 2011. In addition to publishing his writings, lectures and informal talks (including a comprehensive series of Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons for home study), the society also oversees temples, retreats, and centers around the world.
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In this book Yogananda provides a clear concept of God and describes the purpose of life, which is to find God within ourselves. Yogananda describes a God worth seeking, more than anything else in all the world. He says we are given free will that we may choose to unconditionally love God rather than desire anything this world has to offer. But this is not the distorted image of God that is so often promoted here in the West, rather it is a God of unconditional love, a God who, when known, will more than satisfy our cravings: God is Bliss! And we can know Her!
Yogananda not only provides the concept of a God that we all can cherish, but introduces a scientific method by which we can know Him. Yogananda, in his other writings, promises that if we practice the techniques of Yoga for seven years, we will never give them up: we will be "held" to the spiritual path by our own Self-Realization. When I first started on this path, I had my doubts, but I said to myself, "I will continue to practice these techniques until I prove them wrong, and if they do what Yogananda says they do, I will have gained much.Read more ›
Whenever I pick up this book I just open any page and start reading...... each and every word, line and page make me cry with joy!!
This book has transformed millions of lives. I believe if a literate person hasn't read this book he has not utilised his this life to know and experience something special . This book doesnot require a person to be religious to read this. Just I cann't say more than .... "This is the best book ever written to change a person's state of being."
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This is a very well written and engaging narrative of a seemingly normal life infused with the divine. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Stacey Wiens
I am currently re-reading it for the third time. There is an incredible depth of information, education, and spiritual value here.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've not read it all yet, but you really need to be focused to absorb all the info and I am an avid reader. I will know more as I go further into the bookPublished 1 month ago by jennifer sierzant
This book is for school kids just to read stories.
if someone interested to know what is there all about read Mystique of enlightenment by ug krishnamurti. Read more
While I try to keep a very open mind, there are "first hand" and "second hand" stories and anecdotes mentioned in the book which are just too sensational to be... Read morePublished 5 months ago by NelZenPeace