In 1996, Yoga International hailed Paramahansa Yogananda as “the father of the yoga in the west.” In 1999, his acclaimed autobiography was selected one of the 100 best spiritual books of the 20th century. Since it was first published, the spiritual classic has introduced millions of readers to the science and philosophy of yoga meditation.
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 throughout India 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 Ramkrishna Paramahansa), Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, and Jagdish Chandra Bose.
Considered a modern spiritual classic, the book has been translated into twenty-four 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.
Autobiography of a Yogi is at once a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. The author clearly explains the subtle but definite laws behind both ordinary events of everyday life and the extraordinary events commonly termed miracles. His absorbing life story thus becomes the background for a penetrating and unforgettable look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence.
This complete and unabridged edition included the chapter “the Years 1940-1951” written by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda during the last years of his life.
“Autobiography of a Yogi is regarded as an Upanishad of the new age… Is 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
“As and eyewitness recountal of the extraordinary lives and powers of modern Hindu saints, the book has importance both timely and timeless.” – Dr. W. Y. Evans-Wentz
“Pages that will enthrall the reader, because they appeal to the aspiration and longings that slumber in the heart of every man.” – I1 Tempo del Lunedi, Rome
“Autobiography of a Yogi of this sage makes captivating reading.” -- The Times of India
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893–1952) is widely regarded as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time. Born in Gorakhpur, India, he was sent by his guru to the United States in 1920 as India’s delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals. He instructed hundreds of thousands of men and women in the yoga science of meditation and balanced spiritual living.
The life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda are described in his widely acclaimed Autobiography of a Yogi, which has become a classic in its field since its publication in 1946. He founded Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS) in 1917 and Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) in 1920 to disseminate his teachings worldwide and to preserve their purity and integrity for generations to come. In 2017, Government of India paid a tribute by releasing a commemorative stamp in honour of the centennial of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India.
Hundreds of influential leaders in business, politics, and popular culture were introduced to Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi at the 2011 memorial service of Steve Jobs, by express wish of the late business visionary and founder of Apple Computer, who passed away on October 5, 2011. In a video interview posted online in September 2013, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff related this and other stories, to share what he saw as Mr. Jobs’ deep, though sometimes hidden, spirituality.
“Fabulous stories from his life keep the reader inspired, informed, and thoroughly entertained from beginning to end.” — Yoga Journal.
“This book is a must-read for the budding yogi, the spiritual veteran looking for a deeper understanding, and everyone in between...” — Yogi Times.
“I am grateful to you for granting me some insight into this fascinating world.” — Thomas Mann, Nobel laureate
“You would be hard-pressed to find anyone on the spiritual path whose life has not been influenced by this profound work of literature. I first read Autobiography of a Yogi in the 1970s during a vacation in the mountains of Guatemala. It awakened in me a desire to plumb my own spiritual depths and heights. It started me in a path of yoga, meditation, and self-exploration that has continued until this day. I am so grateful for all the wonderful gifts that have followed from these pursuits.” — Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
“In [Yogananda’s] celebrated Autobiography of a Yogi, he offers a stunning account of the ‘cosmic consciousness’ reached on the upper levels of yogic practice, and numerous interesting perspectives on human nature from the yogic and Vedantic points of view.” — Robert S. Ellwood, Ph.D., Chairman, School of Religion, University of Southern California.
“I met Paramahansa Yogananda on two occasions in the 1930s as a boy....Twenty years later someone gave me Autobiography of a Yogi, The moment I started reading that book, it did something to me that I can’t describe. I have read many books on yoga, by yogis; but I was never impressed as with this book. It has some magic in it.” — Ravi Shankar, Indian classical musician.
“One of the most charmingly simple and self-revealing of life-stories...a veritable treasure-house of learning. The great personalities one meets in these pages...return to memory as friends endowed with rich spiritual wisdom, and one of the greatest of these is the God-intoxicated author himself.” — Dr. Anna von Helmholtz-Phelan, Professor of English, University of Minnesota.
“As an eyewitness recountal of the extraordinary lives and powers of modern Hindu saints, the book has an importance both timely and timeless....His unusual life document is certainly one of the most revealing...of the spiritual wealth of India ever to be published in the West.” — W. Y. Evans-Wentz, M.A., D.Litt., D.Sc., renowned scholar and author of The Tibetan Book of the Dead.