“Imagine Christ, Buddha, or Krishna telling their life story in their own words. That’s what you get when you read Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi.”
—Richard Salva, author
Stories and Insights From a Spiritual Classic
Adapted from an answer on Quora by Nabha Cosley • January 9, 2016
A book about masters of yoga and saints, written by someone who was himself a master of yoga and a saint. This is an unusual and unique book.
Autobiography of a Yogi talks about miracles, the yogic teachings, and the teachings of Jesus Christ in a modern way — a way that is easy to understand and even entertaining. For someone interested in spirituality, or even just alternate ways of looking at life, it’s incredibly illuminating.
The world is a different place than it would have been without this book. The New Age movement in the West, the impact the book has had on leaders in many fields, and the rise in the practice of yoga and meditation are due in large part to Yogananda’s influence and the influence of his autobiography.
Philip Goldberg wrote in American Veda that “Among the people I interviewed about their key spiritual influences, a high percentage named a book, and by far the book most often mentioned was Yogananda’s unique memoir. A distant second was Be Here Now by Ram Dass, and he mentioned the Autobiography.”
Sometimes people read it and have their life turned around entirely. It’s a book that, like other scripture, inspires life-long devotion.
Anyone who is interested should read it. It is a great book in every sense of the word.
“As a bright light shining in the midst of darkness, so was Yogananda’s presence in this world. Such a great soul comes on earth only rarely, when there is a real need among men.”
The Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram
“The greatest book I ever read.”
The “last gift” of Apple’s CEO was 500 copies of the book. He was said to read it every year.
The Beatle carried copies in his suitcase to hand out; he even gave one to President Ford.
The famous kirtan musician counts it as one of his favorite books.
Each day, a new person is touched by the teachings, the message, and the spirit of this spiritual classic.
This is the original edition, just as Yogananda wrote it, without the hundreds of changes made to editions published after Yogananda’s passing in 1952.
Utmost care has been taken to make this the most accurate reprint ever published.