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    When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

    This audio edition, featuring Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley's masterful narration, contains the complete text of Paramahansa Yogananda's life story, an absorbing account of a singular search for Truth. Yogananda describes his experiences with modern-day saints and illuminated masters of India, and presents a definitive introduction to the whole science and philosophy of Yoga.

    ©1981, 1998, 2007 Self-Realization Fellowship (P)1996, 2000 Self-Realization Fellowship

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    "A superb audio translation....Extraordinary work." (Library Journal)
    "Ben Kingsley's smooth, articulate performance makes the formal writing style accessible to the listener." (AudioFile)

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    • D
    • 27/12/2004

    Spiritually Uplifting -- and entertaining!

    Many have read this book, and have come away inspired to follow the path established by its author, P. Yogananda. Others have simply been left with a fascinating story about a man who came to America in 1920 with nothing, and by the time that he left his body, had met with the President of the United States and future governor of California and established a religious path which is still standing to this very day.

    Regardless of the vantage point you may be coming from, this is a delightful read, and an excellent introduction to Eastern religious thought -- the way it had been originally taught -- before it was watered down by charlatans simply looking to cash in on the "latest fad."

    The audio version is an absolute delight, and Ben Kingsley's reading is inspired. This is not a man "going through the motions" to collect a paycheck. Every single word is thoughtfully and smoothly enunciated, making this a pleasure to listen to. Thus, I would highly recommend this to even those who have already read the print version.

    Finally, let me recommend the following: don't listen to this while jogging, driving in heavy traffic, or while otherwise distracted. Set some time aside and listen intently.

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    • Jenny
    • 28/12/2005

    An elegant discourse on Why?

    I downloaded this book out of curiosity; I wasn't looking for enlightenment or truth. And with a length of nearly 18 hours, I didn't expect to listen to the whole thing. But I did, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I can't say it transformed my life or that I agree with what the writer believes in, but it has brought me to a deeper appreciation of another way of "right living", another way of looking at and valuing the things in our lives. It also opens a window into a certain period of time, the religious life in India from the later 1800's to early part of our century which is very fascinating to behold. Kingsley's voice is gorgeous and infuses elegance into every word and phrase. I must say, whenever road rage struck me, listening to a bit of this audiobook was always very soothing.

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    • Scott Mueller
    • 18/11/2004

    Inspirational

    A must read for anyone who is interested in spiritual teachings and religion of the east. Entertaining story of Paramahansa Yogananda's life with his guru and teaching of Kriya Yoga. If you are inspired by the teachings of Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra, you will be very interested in this book. I am now inspired to go to the Self Realization Fellowship in NYC and be initiated in Kriya Yoga myself.

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    • 12/10/2012

    Too rich for my mind...

    I hate to say anything bad about this book. In fact, I can't. It was charming and insightful. Yet somehow -- in spite of the warm, inviting performance and presence of Ben Kingsley, and the inspiring and playful narrative -- this book just didn't grab me, and it was difficult to get through.

    I will have to revisit this again in the future. Perhaps with age and experience I will grow to appreciate it more next time. :)

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    • Peter A.
    • 30/11/2004

    One of the finest books on Spirituality ever

    It doesn't matter what your religious understanding is - you will be uplifted and spiritually enriched by the depth of experience, love and humility of this author.

    Learn the truly great gift Jesus left for us, far beyond that understood from the Christian scriptures. Understand the true meaning of "In the image of God".

    You will never see your religious training in the same light again.

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    • brian hilden
    • 12/12/2007

    Another Oscar for Kingsley

    Others here have given appropriate praise for this timeless gem of a book.

    I will instead tell you about how well it is read. Ben Kingsley gives Yogananda's words an uncanny richness and colour. In several years of Audible membership I've never been so moved by the narrator. I enjoyed Kingsley so much, I rented Ghandi [on DVD] and watched it for the 1st time in 25 years [it won about a dozen Oscars!]...from it I learned he is half Indian...which helps explain how justly he treats all the yoga terminology, all the place names, all of Yogananda's Indian terms.

    Search Kingsley's name and you'll see, he has read very few books, unfortunately! He no doubt was honored to read this one, as he never misses a step.

    I've read this 4 times now, it keeps getting better! And finally, thankfully, it has brought me to my own regular meditation practice. Stop reading about it and go get it!

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    • Valera
    • 09/03/2005

    Fascinating in many ways

    Yogananda talks about his life with great clarity using a writing style specific to the age at which he describes himself at each point of the book. The book fascinated me with the richness of India's social and spiritual traditions, which I wasn't previously aware of. The author is examplary in his dedication to pursuit of spiritual truth, which acts as an affirming beacon to modern spiritual seekers. Many details of yogic wisdom are explained, often in conjunction with author's life experiences. The stories about Indian masters are fascinating and often had me sitting in the car after I finished driving.

    Overall, a great combination of a biography, a novel, a cultural text and a book of wisdom and spirituality all in one. I've read many spiritual books and highly recommend this one for its particular taste. Narration is superb also, one of the best I've heard.

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    • Jason
    • 07/06/2005

    Cult Leader and no true pure soul

    First, I do yoga and have studied the Sutras and masters for years. Ananda is nothing more then a con-man. He speaks as he is an Avatar or Godlike yet he partakes in behaviors that show differently.
    He teaches a "modified" version of Hinduism to give himself more power. The oppisite of what a real Guru would do. He teaches his brand as if Americans don't know the truth. Maybe 20 years ago, now he looks like a Television Evangilist.

    That said, some of his words are verbatim from the Sutras and others works. So he can cut and paste thats deep wisdom.

    His cult followers are some of the nicest people I have met. Just beware of those who tell you they are spiritually better then you. That is a good sign that they lack the one thing that makes them spiritual, humility.

    Don't follow him follow yourself.

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    • Ivo
    • 07/03/2005

    Unparalleled !!!

    This book was the end of my search for a spiritual path. It offers a theory of the workings of the universe which unlike many others has been tested and proved right by many ancient seers and modern seekers of truth, of which the author himself was one. Here many religious dogmas and new age "mysticisms" lose their grip on the open discriminative mind. Read and Think!!!

    Thank You Paramahansa Yogananda...

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    • Mike
    • 09/12/2004

    A well read classic

    It is unfortunate that the previous reviewer would choose to lower the average rating with a joke. It is hard to read this book and not feel anything. Yogananda was a generous soul who dedicated his life to helping bring a valuable and universal teaching to all of us. Ben Kingsley gives the book a beautiful and sensitive reading. Many times I forget that it is not Yogananda himself speaking. This audiobook is highly recommended to any open minded person of any spiritual belief.

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    • AxBrice
    • 09/12/2015

    this it is... my most Favorit book ever

    very good ready (maybe a few Mord breaks... and a little bit slower ... would have been even better .... still excellent!). thank you

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    • Anonymer Hörer
    • 22/03/2022

    A book I will listen to again and again.

    I hope you will love it as much as I do. It is full of joy and wisdom, a rare combination!

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    • Albane Salzberg
    • 19/11/2021

    Life changing

    I started to truly believe in God and follow the spiritual path more closely through my reading.
    Infinite gratitude for this book, his author and God 🙏🏼

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    • Anonymer Hörer
    • 21/05/2021

    Ein zeitloser Klassiker

    Seit dem ersten Besuch in Encinitas, 2017, würde ich von der Nachricht und Persönlichkeit Paramahamsa Yoganandas gepackt und geweist. Ein Licht am Horizont für jeden Suchenden. Klasse Geschichten und erhabene Weisungen für jeden Menschen. Herzlichst Empholen und möge dieses Licht der einen Wahrheit ewig am Himmel leuchten.

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    • Vasil
    • 06/02/2019

    The most amazing book i have ever come across, definitely I would recommend, truly inspired

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    • Ravindra Ambati
    • 04/12/2018

    Book for spiritual seekers

    Swamy Paramahamsa Yogananda's explanations about spirituality are the path ways for Human development. Thanks for the book.