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Autobiography of a Yogi

Narrated by: Swami Kriyananda
Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
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Summary

Paramhansa Yogananda was the first yoga master of India whose mission it was to permanently live and teach in the West. In the 1920s, as he criss-crossed the United States on what he called his "spiritual campaigns", his enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls of America. His initial impact was truly impressive. But his lasting influence is greater still.

This audiobook, the version of which was first published in 1946, helped launch a spiritual revolution in the West. Only rarely does a sage of Paramhansa Yogananda's stature write a firsthand account of his life experiences. Followers of many religious traditions have come to recognize Autobiography of a Yogi as a masterpiece of spiritual literature. Yet, for all its depth, it is full of gentle humor, lively stories, and practical common sense. Now, with this audiobook, the 1946 edition is again available, with all its inherent power, just as the great master of yoga first presented it.

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very insightful

there are many chapters which are crap but here are the good ones: 12, 15, 24, 26, 30, 41 and 43.

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life changing

insight into a wonderful life. full of great lessons, wisdom and love. one of my most enjoyed books. it has had a profound effect on my life.

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powerful message when you stick with it ,

life changing and deepened my faith in the universal energy of love , well worth a read

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Disappointing

I'm finding it difficult to even know what is happening in this book. Unfortunately the narrator's style is soporific, monotonous and generally dull. All of his words run into one another with no distinction between this one or the next. Overall a great disappointment.

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Listened while practicing wu ji gong

I listened the book during my moving meditation practice of wu ji gong, sometimes it felt as if I was listening a blessing.
It was a bit long, sometimes hard to follow the story. It felt a bit too slow so I listened it on higher speed 1.3.
I wish to have a bit more rhythm in the speech.

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  • M
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

Autobiography of a Yogi

This is a louzy book to listen, felt like wasting my time.I would not have bought this if Steve Jobs did not mention this book in his autobiography

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  • Radek
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 17-07-12

Not for a rational mind

I decided to listen to this audio-book after I read in Steve Jobs biography that was his favourite read. Sadly I cannot digest Autobiography of Yogi. Perhaps I should not read in those stories literally and take it with a pinch of salt.

According to Steve Jobs biography he decided to undertake the anti-cancer therapy when it was already too late. What SJ did instead? He believed that eating apples will cure him. And honestly, all I can think of now is that if you believe in this book you can easily believe that eating apples will heal all your maladies.

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  • Andrew
  • 18-06-08

Wisdom; Knowledge; Humbling.

It didn't take long to accustom the the dialect of the narrator, then I really found his voice soothing and heart opening to listen to.
As for the book, its starts off slow, but it is worth hanging in. The second half of the book is a treasure of experiences and learning. Overall it is an amazing story. Really gives us "mere mortals" a perspective of where we are on the journey to enlightenment, and the potential that lays within all of us. Inspiring! It would appeal to a person serious about their spiritual development. It expanded my mind well beyond what it was before listening this truly amazing autobiography.

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  • Catherine
  • 01-10-12

Wonderfully awe-some &inspiring. Spiritually rich.

What made the experience of listening to Autobiography of a Yogi the most enjoyable?

The spiritual tales, the richly detailed and inspiring autobiograhic info of many contemporary (or almost contemporary) yogis and saints

What other book might you compare Autobiography of a Yogi to and why?

Steve Jobs
Because not only he have been reading this book since his teenage years to his last days, but because it is a very detailed and inspiring autobiographic account.

Which scene was your favorite?

The meeting of Yogananda and his master with the "deathless saint"

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

High Tech Spirituality: Autobiography of a Yogi

Any additional comments?

Great book, containing spiritual tales not usually exposed in public, including highly advanced spiritual and inspiring information, if compared with other spiritual books.
:Lots of heart, love, reason and practicality.

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  • Emma
  • 06-09-17

The best and most beautifully rendered version!!!

What does Swami Kriyananda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Swami Kriyananda gave the story a very authentic voice. Compared to other audiobook versions of Autobiography of a Yogi, this one sounds the most beautiful and most powerful. Most of the time I was fooled into blissfully believing that it was really Yogananda speaking. Again, it sounded very authentic and even sacred. I would highly recommend picking this version over the others!

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  • Izabela
  • 03-12-12

Autobiography of a Yogi - audiobook

Where does Autobiography of a Yogi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is one of the best I have ever read and listen. Every word is understandable and I hear it with pleasure.

What other book might you compare Autobiography of a Yogi to and why?

None because is only one biography written by the author himself.

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  • James
  • 04-04-09

Another must have

I learned a lot from this book .A very detailed life story of a great spiritual master .Gives understanding of spiritual evolution of a yogi.I dont like the narators voice.I learned to deal with it because i like the story .Can be slow at times but if you are intrested its a must have

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  • Samantha Shipley
  • 06-11-18

Unlike anything I’ve read

Yogananda’s detailed story of his life journey, encounters and faith are mesmerizing and inspiring. He takes through the hard places and the highlights and spares nothing. I only hope that I can implement some of his words of wisdom into my own life.

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  • I'm spiritual not religious
  • 13-04-18

Steve Swamiji Kriyananda brings Yogananda‘s autobiography a live through his experience and attunement with Yogananda

Swamiji Kriyananda brings Yogananda‘s autobiography a live through his experience and attunement with Yogananda. His voice filled with devotion and rich in spiritual realization. Brings this story Yogananda’s life experience growing up looking for his teacher. The struggle for spiritual perfection (though he was already a Master) as Yogananda only came to show how deep love for God is needed to realize Thou art that! It is all our destiny. The story of Yogananda’s devotee’s makes its way in here and there Giving insight to spiritual living.

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  • Adrien
  • 05-01-18

Great book!

Very spiritually uplifting book, full of precious and sacred accounts of great saints of India. Very entertaining , very simple to read and left me with an increased sense of devotion towards my own spiritual life and Guru.
I also love that the narrator is a spiritually oriented person, meditator and especially spent time with the author himself and follows his teachings, that makes for a more sincere and enjoyable read from the narrator.
Also, a plus of the audiobook vs book is that i can be in deep meditation while listening, which enhances powerfully the experience , and makes me feel like I am really there, Sri Yukteshwar s explanations of the higher worlds just blew me away!

Thank you for this book!

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  • Gabe
  • 23-09-17

Thank You

Thank You Lord for putting this book in my path. I am truly blessed. Thanks Yoganandaji.

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  • Mark A. Shaw
  • 20-02-16

love is all consuming

I love this book. I have listened to it over 8 times. I listen while I cook, clean, paint, etc.
My Favorite chapter is 48 but I enjoy them all.
alohas and mahalos

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