Synopses & Reviews
In the hundred years since the birth of Paramahansa Yogananda, he has come to be recognized as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of the twentieth century. His Autobiography of a Yogi
has been translated into 18 languages and is regarded worldwide as a classic of religious literature still appearing on bestseller lists today after more than fifty consecutive years in print. The author describes his experiences and training with modern-day saints and illuminated masters of India, and explains with scientific clarity the subtle but definite laws by which yogis perform miracles and attain self-mastery. Profoundly inspiring, it is at the same time vastly entertaining warmly humorous and filled with extraordinary personages, not the least of whom is the narrator himself.
Autobiography of a Yogi is at once an absorbing account of a singular search for Truth and a comprehensive introduction to the whole science and philosophy of Yoga, revealing the underlying unity of the great religions of East and West. First published in 1946, the book was revised by Paramahansa Yogananda before his passing in 1952; extensive material was added, including the last chapter. The present edition also includes an additional 20 pages of photographs.
"A rare account." The New York Times
"A fascinating and clearly annotated study." Newsweek
"There has been nothing before, written in English or in any other European language, like this presentation of Yoga." Columbia University Press
"The work is enduringly popular because it introduces millions of readers to Eastern spiritual thought. Yogananda's masterly storytelling epitomizes the Indian oral tradition with its wit, charm, and compassionate wisdom." Library Journal
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.
Often described as the book that has changed the lives of millions, Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi has been translated into 20 languages, and is regarded worldwide as a spiritual classic. It was selected as One of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century. It reads like an adventure story while answering questions about religion, God, existence, yoga, higher consciousness, and the challenges of daily spiritual living. It is a book for people of all faiths; anyone yearning to know what life is truly all about. 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.