Author: Paramahansa Yogananda
Publisher: Yogoda Satsang Society of India
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8190256203
This acclaimed autobiography is at once a penetrating and unforgettable look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence and a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candour, 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 for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the ashram of his God-realized guru, and of the many years that he lived and taught as spiritual preceptor to truth-seekers all over the world. Also recorded are his meetings with Ramana Maharshi, Ananda Moyi Ma, Master Mahasaya (the saintly disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahansa), Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, and Jagadis Chandra Bose.
Considered a modern spiritual classic, the book has been translated into twenty-one languages and is widely used as a text and reference work in colleges and universities. Thousands of readers have declared Autobiography of a Yogi the most fascinating reading of a lifetime.
There has been nothing before, written in English or any other European language, like this presentation of yoga,.
-Columbia University Press, USA
The Autobiography of this sage makes captivating reading.
-The Times of India
We must credit this important biography with the power to bring about a spiritual revolution.
-Schleswing-Holsteinische Tagespost, Germany
A book that opens windows of the mind and spirit.
REVIEWS AND COMMENTS
Autobiography of a Yogi is regarded as an Upanishad of the new age, It has satisfied the spiritual thirst of hundreds of thousands of truth-seekers Throughout the world, The immortal nectar of India’s Sanatana Dharma, the eternal laws of truth, has been stored in the golden chalice of Autobiography of a Yogi.
-Professor Ashutosh Das,
PhD, D Litt, D Sc, Jesus College, Oxford
The reader of our present times will seldom find such a beautiful, deep, and truthful book as Autobiography of a Yogi, full of Knowledge and rich in personal experiences, One of the most dazzling chapters of the book is the one that deals with the mysteries of life beyond physical death.
A rare genius who has penetrated farter than most men into the secrets of spiritual existence, Our guide has described their wonders with clarity, conviction, and charm.
-Professor Raymond F Piper, Syracuse University, New York
A wisdom so deep that one feels spellbound, permanently moved.
-Haagsche Post, Holland
Pages that will enthrall the reader, because they appeal to the aspiration and longing that slumber in the heart of every man.
-Il Tempo del Lunedi, Rome
If we had a man like Paramahansa Yogananda in the United Nations today, probably the world would be a better place that it is. To my knowledge, no one has worked more, has given more of himself, to bind the peoples of India and America together.
-Dr Binay R Sen, former Ambassadorof India to USA.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, on January 5, 1893, Sri Sri Paramahanda Yogananda devoted his life to helping people of all races and creeds to realize and express more fully in their lives the beauty, nobility, and true divinity of the human spirit.
After graduating form the Calcutta University in 1915, Sri Yogananda was initiated into sannyas by his guru Sri Sri Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri. Sri Yukteswar had foretold that his life’s mission was to spread throughout the world, India’s ancient meditation technique of Kriya Yogas. HE accepted an invitation, 19 1920, to serve as India’s delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston, USA.
Paramahansa Yogananda founded Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship as the channel for the dissemination of his teachings. Through his writings and extensive lecture tours in India, America, and Europe, as well as through the creation of numerous ashrams and meditation centres, he introduced thousands of truth-seekers to the ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its universally applicable methods of meditation. Paramahandasaji entered Mahasamadhi on March 7, 1952 in Los Angeles.
Today the spiritual and humanitarian work begun by Paramahansa Yogananda continues under the guidance of Sri Sri Daya Mata, one of his earliest and closest disciples. As Sanghamata and President of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realizations Fellowship since 1955, Daya Mataji faithfully carries out Paramahansa Yoganandaji’s ideals and wishes for the dissemination of his teachings worldwide.
A rare gem of inestimable value, the like of whom the world is yet to witness, Paramahansa Yogananda has been an ideal representative of the ancient sages and seers, the glory of India.
-His Holiness Swami Sivananda, founder of The Divine Life Society, Rishikesh
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.
-His Holiness Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram
PREFACE, BY W Y EVANS-WENTZ
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
My Parents and Early Life
My Mother’s Death and the Mystic Amulet
The Saint With Two Bodies (Swami Pranabananda)
My Interrupted Flight toward the Himalayas
A Perfume Saint Displays His Wonders
The Tiger Swami
The Levitating Saint (Nagendra Nath Bhaduri)
India’s Great Scientist, J C Bose
The Blissful Devotee and His Cosmic Romance ( Master Mahasaya)
I Meet My Master, Sri Yukteswar
Two Penniless Boys in Brindaban
Years in My Masters’ Hermitage
The Sleepless Saint (Ram Gopal Muzumdar)
An Experience in Cosmic Consciousness
The Cauliflower robbery
Outwitting the Stars
Sasi and the three Sapphires
A Mohammedan Wonder-Worker (Afzal Khan)
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 Discovered
Rabindranath Tagore and I Compare Schools
The Law of Miracles
An Interview With the Sacred Mother (Kashi Moni Lahiri)
Rama Is Raised From the Dead
Babaji, Yogi-Christ of Modern India
Materializing a Place in the Himalayas
The Christlike Life of Lahiri Mahasaya
Babaji’s Interest in the West
I Go to America
Luther Burbank-A Saint Amid 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 (Ananda Moyi Ma)
The Woman Yogi Who Never Eats (Giri Bala)
I Return to the West
At Encinitas in California
The Years 1940-1951
Paramahansa Yogananda: A Yogi in Life and Death
Commemorative stamp issued by Government of India in honour of Paramahansa Yogananda
Aims and Ideals of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India