Autobiography of a Yogi

Autobiography of a Yogi


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Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda









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Autobiography of a Yogi


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This life story of Yogananda was instrumental in introducing meditation and yoga to the West. It includes Yogananda's and Sri Yukteswar's attempts to explain certain verses and events of the Bible such as the Garden of Eden story, and descriptions of Yogananda's encounters with Therese Neumann, Mohandas Gandhi, and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

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ount. He thought so little about it that he overlooked any mention to the family. Much later he was questioned by my youngest brother Bishnu, who noticed the large deposit on a bank statement.

"Why be elated by material profit?" Father replied. "The one who pursues a goal of evenmindedness is neither jubilant with gain nor depressed by loss. He knows that man arrives penniless in this world, and departs without a single rupee."

[Illustration: MY FATHER, Bhagabati Charan Ghosh, A Disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya--see father1.jpg]

Early in their married life, my parents became disciples of a great master, Lahiri Mahasaya of Benares. This contact strengthened Father's naturally ascetical temperament. Mother made a remarkable admission to my eldest sister Roma: "Your father and myself live together as man and wife only once a year, for the purpose of having children."

Father first met Lahiri Mahasaya through Abinash Babu, {FN1-8} an employee in the Gorakhpur office of the Bengal-Nagpur Rail

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I love that \'Steve Peters\' has no idea of what he is talking about. God Bless - may you gain wisdom in your life my dear, and not walk around proving that empty vessels do make the most noise..

This book has been life changing for me.. and for all those who actually understand it.. Thank you :)
This book is a true masterpiece. I have read it about twenty times, and each time I start reading it anew, there is something new that I had not noticed before. Yogananda said that this book would be his ambassador after he is gone - and it truly is. It is my opinion that this book will soon outsell the Bible. It has the power to foster brotherhood among the nations.
Oh dear, well I am going to go against popular opinion here - but "Satya" (honesty) must come before popularity. I find this book to be an extremely simplified understanding of Yoga and an even simpler understanding of the relationship between the west and the east. Indeed at times the book is extraordinarily tedious. To my mind the author appears to be confused as to what and where his religion is. Hinduism is extremely different from Christianity - the are both good in a general sense and just as useful as the other - but there is little need to attempt a melding of the two. I should hasten to add that Yoga is not - nor should it be - a complex concept, nor does it lie solely in the environs of Hinduism - but it cannot be so simplified that it can be melded with western concepts as easily as Yogananda attempts it.

My best rating is that if you must read this book, do so only after you have actually read Gandhi's autobiography - so you can actually get an understanding of the relationship Mohandas (in many ways a great Yogi) had with the Hind-i's, Tamils, Gujarati, Moslem, Protestants, and Christians - this will assist you to understand the lack of similarity (other than the most general concepts) between these religions and allow you to filter the good from the guff in this current book.
From last ten years i read this book so many times and every time I found new sweetness
When I was searching the ultimate truth(Brahma jidhnyasa) then this book introduces me the new world.
Personally I take the experience that if some one is real thirsty (mumuxhu) BABAJI will arrange the water for him!!
Reading of this book is not just co incidence…….our accumulated karmas (sanchit karmas)push to read this book!!!
May BABAJI bless all…..hariommm
This book is a must read for anybody who wishes to plant their footsteps in the path of understanding Hinduism.
Definitely the best book i have ever read. Gives you an insight of rich indian saint lineage and their lives. Has totally changed my thought process and anybody can feel positive vibrations as he starts reading this holy book provided he has that devotion and love for all.