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Autobiography of a Yogi

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The book that started many upon the Upright path. Truth is stranger than fiction in India, the land of miracles.

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With engaging candor, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda narrates the inspiring chronicle of his life - the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America.

This complete edition—available exclusively from Self-Realization Fellowship, the organization founded by the author—is the only one that incorporates all of his wishes for the final text including extensive material he added after the original 1946 edition and a final chapter on the closing years of his life.


“As an eyewitness recountal of the extraordinary lives and powers of modern Hindu saints, the book has an importance both timely and timeless... His unusual life document is certainly one of the most revealing… of the spiritual wealth of India ever to be published in the West.”     ~W. Y. Evans-Wentz, M.A., D.Litt., D.Sc.

"There has been nothing before, written in English or any other European language, like this presentation of Yoga."    ~Columbia University

“About fifty years after my passing, an account of my life will be written because of a deep interest in yoga that will arise in the West. The message of yoga will encircle the globe. It will aid in establishing the brotherhood of man: a unity based on humanity’s direct perception of the One Father.”      ~Lahiri Mahasaya

"The eternal bond of guru and disciple that existed between John and Jesus was present also for Babaji and Lahiri Mahasaya. With tender solicitude the deathless guru swam the Lethean waters that swirled between the last two lives of his chela, and guided the successive steps taken by the child and then by the man Lahiri Mahasaya. It was not until the disciple had reached his thirty-third year that Babaji deemed the time to be ripe to openly reestablish the never-severed link. Then, after their brief meeting near Ranikhet, the selfless master banished his dearly-beloved disciple from the little mountain group, releasing him for an outward world mission. 'My son, I shall come whenever you need me.' What mortal lover can bestow that infinite promise?

In reference to miracles, Lahiri Mahasaya often said, 'The operation of subtle laws which are unknown to people in general should not be publicly discussed or published without due discrimination.' If in these pages I have appeared to flout his cautionary words, it is because he has given me an inward reassurance. Also, in recording the lives of Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Sri Yukteswar, I have thought it advisable to omit many true miraculous stories, which could hardly have been included without writing, also, an explanatory volume of abstruse philosophy."


From 1924–1935, Yogananda traveled and lectured widely, speaking to capacity audiences in many of the largest auditoriums in America — from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium. The Los Angeles Times reported: “The Philharmonic Auditorium presents the extraordinary spectacle of thousands....being turned away an hour before the advertised opening of a lecture with the 3000-seat hall filled to its utmost capacity.”

Yogananda emphasized the underlying unity of the world’s great religions, and taught universally applicable methods for attaining direct personal experience of God. To serious students of his teachings he taught the soul-awakening techniques of Kriya Yoga, initiating more than 100,000 men and women during his thirty years in the West.

Author Yogananda, Paramahansa
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 520 pp.
Publisher Self-Realization Fellowship 1994
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