“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
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What Makes Autobiography of a Yogi So Great?
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.”
A Life Transforming Book
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.
About This Edition
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.
Table of Contents
- My Parents and Early Life
- My Mother’s Death and the Mystic Amulet
- The Saint With Two Bodies
- My Interrupted Flight Toward the Himalayas
- A “Perfume Saint” Displays His Wonders
- The Tiger Swami
- The Levitating Saint
- India’s Great Scientist, J. C. Bose
- The Blissful Devotee and His Cosmic Romance
- I Meet my Master, Sri Yukteswar
- Two Penniless Boys in Brindaban
- Years in My Master’s Hermitage
- The Sleepless Saint
- An Experience in Cosmic Consciousness
- The Cauliflower Robbery
- Outwitting the Stars
- Sasi and the Three Sapphires
- A Mohammedan Wonder-Worker
- My Master, in Calcutta, Appears in Serampore
- We Do Not Visit Kashmir
- We Visit Kashmir
- The Heart of a Stone Image
- I Receive My University Degree
- I Become a Monk of the Swami Order
- Brother Ananta and Sister Nalini
- The Science of Kriya Yoga
- Founding a Yoga School in Ranchi
- Kashi, Reborn and Rediscovered
- Rabindranath Tagore and I Compare Schools
- The Law of Miracles
- An Interview with the Sacred Mother
- Rama is Raised from the Dead
- Babaji, the Yogi-Christ of Modern India
- Materializing a Palace in the Himalaya
- The Christlike Life of Lahiri Mahasaya
- Babaji’s Interest in the West
- I Go to America
- Luther Burbank — A Saint Amidst the Roses
- Therese Neumann, the Catholic Stigmatist
- I Return to India
- An Idyl in South India
- Last Days with My Guru
- The Resurrection of Sri Yukteswar
- With Mahatma Gandhi at Wardha
- The Bengali “Joy-Permeated Mother”
- The Woman Yogi Who Never Eats
- I Return to the West
- At Encinitas in California
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