Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi": The Science of Kriya Yoga
December 3, 2021
Nayaswami Dhyana shares this beautiful inspiration during a special program to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Paramhansa Yogananda's spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi.
You can watch the full program here.
Other speakers are Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi, spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide, Phil Goldberg, author of The Life of Yogananda, along with other Ananda community leaders from around the world, in addition to several beautiful chants and songs from Ananda devotees.
Discover the Book that Launched a Spiritual Revolution
Ananda and Crystal Clarity Publishers are pleased to share with you the online publication of the complete first edition of Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi.
Through this online version, we hope to make Yogananda’s spiritual classic freely available to seekers throughout the world. The print version of the 1946 autobiography is available direct from Crystal Clarity Publishers through secure online ordering. We hope you enjoy this free gift of the first online edition.
Ananda was founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda. Kriyananda was inspired by his guru to start “World Brotherhood Colonies.” Ananda, and its sister colonies throughout the world, are the fulfillment of Yogananda’s dream. See Chapter 48, in this 1946 edition, to read Yogananda’s own words on World Brotherhood Colonies.
Autobiography of a Yogi is not an ordinary book. It is a spiritual treasure. To read its message of hope to all truthseekers is to begin a great adventure.
This is a verbatim reproduction of the original 1946 edition, complete with the original photos, many of them not seen since earlier editions. Although subsequent printings, reflecting revisions made after the Yogananda’s death in 1952, have sold over a million copies and have been translated into more than 19 languages, the few thousand of the original have long since disappeared into the hands of collectors.
ABOUT PARAMHANSA YOGANANDA
Paramhansa Yogananda, born in 1893, was the first yoga master of India to take up permanent residence in the West.
Yogananda arrived in America in 1920, and proceeded to travel throughout the United States on what he called his “spiritual campaigns.”
Hundreds of thousands filled the largest halls in major American cities to see the yoga master from India. Yogananda continued to lecture and write up to his passing in 1952.
Paramhansa Yogananda’s initial impact on western culture was truly impressive. But his lasting spiritual legacy has been even greater. His Autobiography of a Yogi, first published in 1946, helped launch a spiritual revolution in the West. Translated into more than a dozen languages, it remains a best-selling spiritual classic to this day. [Read free at https://www.ananda.org/autobiography.]
Yogananda brought the path of Self-realization and universal spirituality for daily life.
“Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing."
As the means of attaining this exalted spiritual state, Yogananda initiated his followers into the ancient technique of Kriya Yoga, which he called the “jet-airplane route to God."
The path of Kriya Yoga, which combines the practice of advanced yogic techniques with spirituality in daily life, can be learned at https://www.ananda.org/kriya-yoga.