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  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Self-Realization Fellowship (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876120796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876120798
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 11.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a life-changing book. When I felt at my worst, this book helped heal and redeem me. It put me back on the path of spirituality and seeking conscious experince of the Divine through meditation and right life. I had been scared off of God through my mother's religion and my father's lack of it. My mother often used "God" to scare me into doing what she wanted. When I left her, I fell to pieces and this book was my sanctuary in showing me another world within the world we already live in. We are actually dying in this world but this book teaches you how to truly live. The only challenge, as with anything, is to apply the lessons and experiences described in this book into everyday life until it is habit. Once you can do this, you will live a life most Divine. A life full of happiness and free of fear.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Austin on May 8 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. It's a book that I read in a short amount of time, because I could not put it down. In parts it weaves eastern mysticism with the Bible. I loved it so much that I signed up with the Self Realization Fellowship for the lessons. So I can learn how to do the Kriya yoga meditation that's mentioned in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 13 2002
Format: Paperback
I've read "Autobiography of a Yogi" many times over the last twenty years and have learned something new each time. After much self-doubt and hesitation over the years, I decided to attend Self-Realization's yearly Convocation in Los Angeles in June of 2000. I expected nothing since I felt I hadn't worked hard enough in the past "to deserve" any "blessing". On a trip to the Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, I was oddly drawn to the houseboat where the Master meditated for many hours during the Shrine's construction. After sitting calmly for ten minutes or so I felt a peace I've never felt before (or since). When I opened my eyes, YOGANANDA WAS STANDING THERE--not in a dream or an hallucination--but right in front of me like a living person would! He smiled and said "...just try harder!". Then he slowly dissolved into a mist of white. What can I say? He still "lives" and cares about even the "weakest" of us. Read the book and see for yourself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arvind Kumar Gupta on Nov. 23 2000
Format: Paperback
Hi All! What should write about this book??? I am not getting the matching words to explain the thrill & joy that I experience whenever I even visualize this book.... I could not keep track of how many times I have read this book .... Whenever I feel free from wordly duty I read this book, it make me forget everything. India has given so many things to the world in the area of spirituality and I found that this book is one of those best things. This book gave me the insight to look in other religions.
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."
-arvind
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Mehta on June 13 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book that I have ever read. It answered all my spiritual questions and opened my eyes to a whole new world of science and spirituality. After reading the book I believe that Parmahansa Yogananda is one of the greatest masters to ever live on the earth, his teachings show the unity and harmony between all religions as they are coming from the same source. You will be better prepared to see inner harmony of various spiritual traditions after going over this book. I highly recommend this book to all serious spiritual seekers who are trying to learn deeper truths about their tradition. This book is a real gem and a great guide in my present journey as a human being.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 4 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Autobiography of a Yogi ranks as on of the worlds all-time spiritual classics. Not only for what it reveals to the seeker, but for its balanced and mystical approach to world religions as well.
The Self-Realization Publishers have done a remarkable job in continuing the authors policy of improving His presentation of this perennial Vedic wisdom & inspirtation.
The ones with the orange cover will also give you the 49th chapter by the author.
the latest editions of this classic present Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings in their best and most accurate light. Futher study of His other writings will clearly reveal this fact.
Savor this great treasure.
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A friend gave me this book. I read it and was struck by the absolute intelligence and candidness of the author.
But without reading any other books about spirituality and exploring on my own, I began to meditate daily as Paramahansa Yogananda describes. One day I focused and I completely lost all the worry and weight I carry with me. It was as if I detached from some heavy framework I drape my soul on.
It only lasted a moment but I have never forgotten the joy and lightness of the experience.
Paramahansa Yogananda says in this book that the reason Westerners do not experience the joy of being one with their spirits is because they do not discipline themselves. They do not want to take the time to meditate. At times (many times) he would meditate for 8 hours!
All I know is with diligence I had a supernatural experience.
His ideas for teaching children are light years away from what our kids experience in public schools in America.
How I wish that people like him were in leadership positions on our planet.
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