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This acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candor, 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,This acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candor, 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 hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America. Also recorded here are his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Luther Burbank, the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann, and other celebrated spiritual personalities of East and West. 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 the 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. Considered a modern spiritual classic, the book has been translated into more than twenty languages and is widely used as a text and reference work in colleges and universities. A perennial bestseller since it was first published sixty years ago, Autobiography of a Yogi has found its way into the hearts of millions of readers around the world....

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  • Ryan Hanry
    2018-12-01 00:14

    This has become my favorite book and since reading it, I have been reading and fully immersed in other books by Yogananda. Everyone would benefit by reading this book with an open mind, no matter what religious or spiritual beliefs you have, or even if you have no belief at all. Everything is possible! I bought this book at special price from here:

  • Shitikanth Kashyap
    2018-11-25 03:39

    After painfully wading through fifty odd pages of what I consider to be lies or, at best, delusions of a (typical Bengali :P) megalomaniac, I decided to put this book down. I don't know what else I was expecting from a book of this genre. It was a mistake to pick it up in the first place.I absolutely fail to understand how learned, intelligent people can like this book so much. People apparating in and out of thin air! Someone willing himself out of photographs! Are you fucking kidding me! Am I supposed to take these things on face value? Does Mukunda Ghosh mean us to take these miracles literally at all? If so, shouldn't I be seeking wisdom from someone less delusional? If not, are these stories supposed to have some hidden lessons? (I am yet to decipher any) Is the world as it is not beautiful and spiritually rich enough for him? Even if we leave the miracles out of the discussion for a moment, which is pretty difficult considering that they appear in the book at the rate of at least one per page, what IS the message that is hidden in this treasure of a book?Before you berate me for being close-minded, I do understand that there is a wonderful world outside of science. I appreciate beauty and art and wonder. I would even appreciate spirituality, but I have to hear about it from a person who can be honest about it to himself and to me.

  • Rajat Ubhaykar
    2018-11-14 21:31

    Written with supreme confidence, there is an exceptional clarity of thought that runs throughout this book which will appeal to a man who's kept his mind open to possibilities beyond the realm of the usual. Anyway, the text of the book is peppered with miracles that will sound bizarre and will blow your mind wide open. There is also a chapter which describes 'life' after death (the progression of the soul)in vivid detail. All this will be difficult to digest for the man of science, but Paramahansa Yogananda is self-assuredly convincing and consistent. He woos the scientific man by defining the subtle laws at work behind the extraordinary events we term as miracles couched in scientific terms such as the theory of relativity. It is a wonderful beginner's guide to Indian philosophy, not to deride the complexities of issues addressed in the book, but in the sense that it gently and lovingly guides the reader along the 'path', giving ample time for introspection, an essential prerequisite for true understanding.Mainly written to 'sell' Eastern mysticism to the West without placing them on unfamiliar ground (he spent a solid chunk of his life in California), his ultimate goal is to point out how the religions of the world are talking about the same goddamn thing. He does this by coming up with Vedic interpretations of the Bible and drawing pretty convincing analogies with the Upanishadas and other major Hindu philosophical texts. The book is certainly worth reading for a peek into world-views that aren't strictly scientific. And for those who don't take his theories to heart like I did, it can alternatively be read as an extremely imaginative and engrossing work of fiction. As for me, it left me deeply disturbed and yet strangely at peace. Life-altering read. Check.

  • P.J. Mazumdar
    2018-11-15 23:14

    This is not Yoga!!The first prerequisite for Yoga is to have Vidya, or an intellectual base arrived at by reasoning, though in the final culmination Vidya is left behind. Yoga is an intelligent search for the truth. It doesnt depend on fanciful fables and claims.And Yogananda really does stretch our credulity!! It starts with him remembering himself as a fetus when he knew all languages and finally selected the one he was hearing as his mother tongue and his first memories right after he was born. The claims keep getting more and more astonishing, beginning with minor miracles like controlling his kite as a child, to fantastical claims like Yogis who never eat, become invisible, fly through the air and do just about anything that Superman does, and much more! There's a photograph of Yogananda standing alone with a caption, "Yogananda standing with his master, who did not care to be photographed, so he made himself invisible." It requires a very strong gullibility to accept this. If anyone wants to become invisible or fly, they should go, not to a Yoga teacher, but to David Copperfield.I am amazed that people in the West still seem to like this book. Many reviewers write about how they have learned about a 'different culture' and a 'different way of thinking' from this book, as if in India we are quite used to seeing our Yogis flying through the air and so on.I must make it clear that I am not belittling the book in entirety, it has a childlike purity which makes it a compelling read. Yogananda's transparent sincerity, ability to laugh at himself and his genuine love for god and his thirst for spirituality is all too apparent, and his account of his spiritual quest is often touching and revelatory. This is what gives the book its charm and power. Some of the passages deserve to be counted among the most illuminating accounts of mystical experience ever. But all too often, his eagerness to discover god and people on the spiritual path strays into descriptions of fantastical and unbelievable anecdotes.It would be quite natural for anyone who first comes into contact with Yoga through this book to develop a strong cynicism about Hinduism and its practises, including Yoga. But this is not Yoga at all. To learn about Yoga, I would recommend reading Swami Vivekananda and Ramkrishna Paramahansa, these were great teachers who also achieved relevatory experiences through Yoga but certainly never made such incredible claims. Yoga is not all about magic and fable that this book makes it out to be.I am sorry if this review offends anyone who has found this book inspiring. I can understand people being inspired by Yogananda's profound love of God which is so transparent in this book, and which did not fail to move me, but I would like to make my own stand for reason in following the path of Yoga.

  • Melani
    2018-11-28 04:32

    Of all the books by and about spiritual leaders that I have read, this is the one I come back to again and again. Paramhansa Yogananda does not come from ego or judgment when he writes about his spiritual experience. He is not above feeling emotions such as grief and joy, nor does he believe that emotions are something to be surmounted or tamed. This is the only "saint" I have ever been able to digest and trust.

  • James Morcan
    2018-12-06 02:17

    This is another of my favorite books and one that greatly influenced my life as well.I think the Yogis (and Yoginis!) of India hold a lot of secrets for humanity...ancient knowledge if you will...So I loved reading this particular book and learning some powerful insights...As a footnote, this was Steve Jobs' favorite book and the only book he ever downloaded to his iPad...

  • Mike S
    2018-12-12 21:30

    If you were brought up Christian but had a lot of problems with the way the church, priests, pope etc. acted, or if you had a lot of frustration with the numerous holes and contradictions in the Bible, as I did, this book will be a breath of fresh air. Yogananda has several books where he talks about what Christ says and meant as portrayed in the Bible, where unfortunately he is often misquoted or poorly translated, if the quotes aren't outright fabrications. This is a great introduction to an amazing man who can help you understand your own religion and spiritual experiences. ...I'm reading the book for the second time and this is by far the best spiritual book I've ever read. Yogananda is completely honest, clear and direct, and he met so many incredible people it's mind-blowing. India has an incredibly rich spiritual tradition. Also I learned that Hinduism is at it's heart monotheistic. I can't say enough good things about this book!

  • Sara Alaee
    2018-12-10 01:31

    Autobiography of a Yogi is the autobiography of a spiritual leader, Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the most well-known Indian yogi-swamis of all times. The book begins with his childhood, in a Bengali family, to his various encounters with the famous spiritual masters of the time (his own guru being one of them), to finally becoming a monk, establishing Yoga centers throughout the world, and introducing Kriya Yoga teachings to the west for the first time. Kriya Yoga is an ancient Yoga system which “Krishna gave millenniums ago to Arjuna; and was later known to Patanjali, and to Christ, St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples” and was later revived for use in modern times.I liked this book for some personal reasons. However, if you don't believe in mysticism and magic, chances are you won't like this book that much. It’s a recommended read for anyone who’s interested in Indian philosophy, especially Yoga meditation.

    2018-12-06 02:18

    I know this is a "classic" of "spiritual literature, but I wonder how many people so caught up in it realized the times in which Yogananda lived and wrote. The "spirituality" he brought to America was merely a continuation of the sanitized and de-racinated version "Sanatana Dharma" (AKA "Hinduism") brought to America by Swami Vivekananda, that it bore very little resemblance to what happened (and still happens) in India, and that it was also a further development of Emersonian enchantment with the Bhagavad Gita.Moreover, if one reads the book closely, Yogananda's teacher, Yukteshwar, asked him to write a biography of his teacher, Lahari Mahasya. As great a master of Kriya Yoga and astrology Yukteshwar was acknowledged in his day and after, so much more so, his teacher Lahiri Mahasya. Instead, Yogananda wrote an autobiography filled with grand tales.Finally, Kriya Yoga is an ancient and authentic discipline that takes years to master, as its secrets are revealed slowly. I can only wonder at what Yogananda so easily imparted resembles the real thing.

  • Debbie Zapata
    2018-12-13 04:30

    I have seen this book for 40 years and wanted to read it, but somehow I never picked it up, even at the used book shops which often had dozens of copies displayed. Last year I finally bought a used copy and last month I began eagerly to read the life story of the man who brought Kriya Yoga to the attention of the Western world.Unfortunately, my eagerness did not last long enough to get me past the two hundred page mark. I'm not sure why. I usually enjoy stories about a person becoming who they are meant to be, and this book certainly starts off with that in mind. Yogananda shares his life story and how rebellious he was as a teenager, wanting more than anything to become one with God. He ran away from home more than once: trying to get to the Himalayan mountains to become a hermit sage one year, visiting many known saints and gurus looking for the one who would become his guide. I could appreciate his efforts, but perhaps I am too independent-minded to relate properly to the guru/student philosophy and all it involves. I could never bow down to another person that way, and although I could acknowledge a guru's wisdom, I have thought for myself too long to turn my life over to anyone. But that is just my Western Self. I understand that in the Orient there is traditionally nothing wrong with the idea. Odd that I can read about the same concept in Zen Buddhism and it seems fine, but in this book I had a mental echo all the time saying 'no, that just would not do for me, I could never live like that'. This feeling became stronger after Yogananda met his guru Sri Yukteswar and began to spend time with him. The man seemed cruel and too fond of using his mental talents on other people just to create lessons for Yogananda. I may be completely missing the point, as the author says many people did when dealing with his guru. But I was more repelled than fascinated at this point and after struggling through a few more chapters I decided I would give up. I might come back to the book later, but that is a very large 'might'.

  • Carol
    2018-12-08 02:15

    What a crazy book!I’ve read lots of yoga books. The type I usually pick are about the various forms of yoga that are taught in North America these days. A couple of them deal with the spiritual side of yoga as well as the physical.Most of these books are great sources of information and thought.This biography? I’m not so sure, even though it has a huge fan following.The closest word I can come up with to describe this autobiography is fantasy. Yogananda was a yogi in India who was divinely inspired to come to the States. He started his “Self-Realization Fellowship” in California, which supposedly teaches all the secret “Kriyas” that transformed Yogananda’s life.That much is clearly factual (although the divinely inspired bit might be an exaggeration). The rest of the biography? Lots and lots of miracles. Photos of invisible people. People who can split themselves into two or more and be at two places at the same time. Women who never eat. Ever. They absorb the cosmic energies. A resurrected man returns from the astral plains and tells Yogananda about the many planes of existence for those beings who rise from life to life.And the list goes on. I read this book, bit by bit, and the cover of my edition is long worn off. I have to admit it. I enjoyed this book. It’s fun to venture into this dense forest of truths, part-truths, fantasy and lies. I didn’t try to distinguish between these levels of truth and non-truth. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspect of Yogananda’s ideas is his interest in joining Christianity and yogi ideas. At the end of the book, he claims to have seen Christ, who spoke gentle and private words to him which he decides not to disclose... hmmm. Yogananda talks about Christ and Krishna in the same sentence, suggesting that all religions are really the same.If you want an unusual read full of miracles, go for this book. Supposedly countless people have been transformed by this book. I wasn’t but you might be!

  • Andrea
    2018-12-11 23:41

    After reading this I feel cheated by my American public school upbringing. Why are we so sheltered from Eastern religions? There is so much more out there - so many more experiences of God than the very limited and narrow interpreation of God in this culture. This book is really an eye-opener - I highly recommend it.

  • Christine Rondeau
    2018-12-10 04:34

    This book as supposedly changed lives... I'm not sure that it did anything for me. I thought that it dragged on enormously and felt like a very large pamphlet.

  • Chim Cụt
    2018-11-21 21:21

    MỘT YOGINI ĐỌC MỘT YOGIKhi thấy mình đang đọc Tự truyện của một yogi, vài bạn hỏi cuốn này nói về gì có hay không, mình đã hỏi lại một câu trước khi đưa ra đánh giá: Bạn có đức tin không? Phải, chính mình cũng tự vấn thế với cuốn sách được Steve Jobs đọc lại mỗi năm. Quyết định xếp sao cho các cuốn sách trước đây của mình chưa bao giờ thiếu sự phân vân giữa các con số 3 hay 4, 4 hay 5, 2 hay 3. Cuốn này đặc biệt khác vì chơi vơi giữa 1* và 5* - có phải chênh lệch quá liều lĩnh rồi không?Nếu bạn không có đức tin, cuốn này tào lao đừng đọc. Nếu bạn có đức tin, cuốn sách rất hay nên đọc.Nếu mình không có đức tin, cuốn này bị 1* - thấp nhất trong gần trăm lần mình bình chọn. Nếu mình có đức tin, cuốn này lên đến 5* - cao nhất ngay cuốn đầu tiên thuộc thể loại văn học tâm linh mình đọc.*Để theo chồng, mình được rửa tội và là con chiên của Chúa cách đây bảy năm. Chừng ấy thời gian, số lần mình đi lễ hoàn toàn có thể đếm được trên đầu ngón tay. Không nhiều lý do cho tội lỗi này nhưng sâu xa nhất vẫn là: Mình đi lễ làm gì khi không có đức tin? Mình không tin có Chúa như mình không tin có Phật. Trời ơi! chỉ là một câu cảm thán xưa như trái đất chứ mình không thốt lên với ý nghĩa như khi người ta Lạy Chúa! hay A di đà Phật! trong những trường hợp tương tự. Khi đọc kinh và làm dấu ở nhà thờ, mình cảm thấy cũng tội lỗi nào có kém gì như mình không năng đi lễ.Có lẽ mình theo chủ nghĩa duy vật và chủ nghĩa vô thần. Tuy nhiên, điều này đang bị lung lay từ khi mình là một yogini (được gần mười một tháng) và đặc biệt là sau khi đọc tự truyện của Paramahansa Yogananda - người sáng lập ngôi trường lấy yoga và tâm linh làm nền tảng đầu tiên ở Ấn Độ.Mình tưởng Tự truyện của một yogi nói gì đó về yoga, về cuộc sống của tác giả xoay quanh yoga, ví dụ như cơ duyên nào đến với bộ môn điều khí - điều thân - điều tâm này, quá trình tập từ cơ bản lên nâng cao có gì khó khăn, yêu thích những thế nào, trong thời gian gắn bó với yoga có bao giờ chợt thấy chán và muốn thử sang bộ môn khác... đại loại thế.Cuốn sách hơn cả mong đợi theo cách từ bất ngờ mụ mị đến từng bước sáng rõ.Mình đã thôi lắc đầu từ chối tin tưởng những năng lực siêu hình đến từ những con người bằng xương bằng thịt, những sư phụ (Babaji) của sư phụ (Lahiri Mahasaya) của sư phụ (Sri Yukteswar) của tác giả. Có lẽ nào Paramahansa Yogananda là một thầy tu mị dân?! Nếu đã được cầm trên tay cuốn sách, có lẽ nào không tin xác thầy chẳng hề có dấu hiệu phân hủy trong hai mươi ngày (7/3 - 27/3/1952) trước khi đậy nắp áo quan? Nếu đã tin tưởng lời chứng thực của giám đốc nhà tang lễ, có lẽ nào còn nghi ngờ những chuyện kể của thầy về những lần phân thân hay phục sinh của các sư phụ? Nếu như tâm chính mình đã tự thay đổi theo hướng tiến bộ sau mỗi giờ tập kết thúc với thiền buông thư, có lẽ nào còn thất kinh trước những lời tiên tri của các bậc thiền sư?Một năng lượng vô hình bên trong đang dần thay đổi những cái hữu hình. Khi được chứng thực bằng đôi mắt, đức tin của bạn vô cùng vô cùng khó lòng mù lòa.Tựa như cách các thầy chữa bệnh bằng năng lực siêu hình nhưng cũng phải gửi gắm nơi những vật hữu hình như vòng bạc thì các môn sinh mới thành tâm tin tưởng.Tựa như bản thân cũng phải thốt lên ôi hay quá mỗi khi vượt qua được những thử thách yoga của chính mình.Tựa như tác giả của Năm thức Tây Tạng Christopher S. Kilham đã cảm nhận được nguồn năng lượng rần rần bên trong cơ thể để rồi chạy đi hỏi thầy và được biết đó mới chỉ là bắt đầu.*Trong một tháng nghiền ngẫm tác phẩm, có lần bạn tập yoga cùng mình chia sẻ về buổi tọa đàm của một thầy Ấn Độ - người thừa kế đời thứ tư liên tiếp - giảng về luân hồi (câu chuyện cụ thể thì mình không nhớ chính xác, kể ra đây lại sợ sai lệch). Mình không hề ngạc nhiên tột cùng với những gì được nghe bởi đã biết đến vô số những điều kỳ lạ hơn thế qua tự truyện này của Yogananda. Mình từng nghĩ cái gì không bày ra trước mắt mình, không thuyết phục được mình bằng khoa học thực tiễn thì không thể tin được và vì thế là hư vô cả. Nhưng luận điệu này đang dần mất đi nhường chỗ cho đức tin và tâm linh huyền diệu.Viết đến đây rồi, mình khẳng định không thể xếp 1* cho cuốn sách. Xếp 5* thì có hơi dối lòng vì chính mình chưa thể thuyết phục được người khác tin vào những gì bản thân từng nuôi lòng nghi ngờ. Cũng không thể chọn hạng sao trung bình, phải không?Giá Goodreads cho phép viết cảm nhận mà không cần nhức đầu với sao trăng!

  • Phil
    2018-12-01 00:24

    Reading "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda at the age of forty-two was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. From the beginning chapter, I felt like I had finally come home. This was the life I had always wished was possible but never dreamed it could be! After finishing it, I sent away to Self-Realization Fellowship, the organization Yogananda founded in 1920, for the three-and-a-half years’ worth of bi-monthly lessons on “right living” and follow Yogananda’s teachings today as part of my daily spiritual discipline.I’ve listened to the audiobook version, read by Ben Kingsley, three times now and it never fails to thrill me. Everything in this book resonates in harmony with who I am and who I wish to become. I was already teaching spiritual classes by the time I encountered this book and was amazed at how much deeper it took me in my knowledge and practice.Yogananda teaches that direct contact with God is possible through the application of scientific yoga principles. After practicing his techniques, which have been handed down for thousands of years by Indian saints, I have reached new heights of peace, happiness and alignment with what Yogananda’s guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, refers to as “that supreme intelligence which governs everything.”May this wonderful book enrich your spiritual life as it has mine!

  • Norman Moore
    2018-12-01 20:31

    I'm going to go against the grain here and say that although I see Yogananda as an important figure, and someone who constantly strived, spritiually speaking - his mix of western occultism, Theosophy and New-Age-ism is just that. Quote fromt he autobiography: "..around the six spinal centers which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man. One-half minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects subtle progress in his evolution; that half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment..." If he was here now I'd ask him not to pander to the wannabes in the west and stick with authentic Hindu teachings. Nobody with half an understanding of any form of yoga equates things like the zodiac with chakra use, it's really not authentic and about as painful to read as Anodea Judith's 'expert' opinion on chakras. Making far-fetched statements about the efficacy of Kriya isn't designed to give anyone credibility.Take it all with a pinch of salt...N

  • Tô
    2018-11-15 20:33

    Dạo này mình bỗng có hứng thú muốn gửi thân nơi 1 môn phái/tổ chức nào đó, vì mình ăn chay và dạo này chán chạy bộ lắm rồi :| Các bạn có biết điều khổ tâm nhất khi bạn ăn chay trường là gì không? Là mọi người không thể chấp nhận việc bạn vô duyên vô cớ ăn chay được. Người ta luôn muốn biết bạn "được cái gì" khi ăn chay. Dân Phật giáo thấy mình ăn chay thì sáng mắt lên như tìm thấy đồng chí xong rủ rê đi chùa, đi coi bói (!?), mặc áo lam đi mần từ thiện (mình thích xì tai chuyển khoản và ship hiện vật tới tận nhà hơn), thao túng mình làm cái cái kia với lí do "có phúc lắm đó" "làm cho có phước" :))) Dân Thiên Chúa giáo/Tin Lành thì bắt đầu trích dẫn câu của Chúa Cha lúc nói với Adam với Eva, đại ý: Ta giao cho các con mọi súc vật và cây cỏ trên đời, muốn xài sao thì xài :))) Cho nên không "xài" thịt động vật là chống lại ý Chúa :< Còn người bình thường thì xỉa xói: Ăn chay làm gì, thiếu chất, có ngon lành gì đâu mà ăn,... rồi cố gắp miếng này miếng kia bỏ vào bát mình == Cần lắm một môn phái siêu quần danh chính ngôn thuận bảo vệ mình khỏi tất cả những tập thể người ở trên :<Xin nói thêm là mình thuộc tym vô thần và duy vật, nên đừng ai hù mình bằng mấy thứ như "Ơn phước đời đời" "Giải thoát" "Tây Phương cực lạc" hay "Địa ngục" "Đầu thai" đồ, sợ lắm :((( Xin cho sống hết kiếp này xong hóa thành phân bón cho cây là vui rồi. Chính vì lí do trên, mình đọc "Tự truyện của một Yogi" với tâm thế của một người muốn có những hiểu biết ban đầu về Yoga để sau đó lên youtube search clip tập theo. Đúng với tiêu đề "Tự truyện của...", cuốn sách kể lại sự kiện dưới góc nhìn của một Yogi Ấn Độ từ lúc ở nhà với những trải nghiệm tâm linh cá nhân đầu tiên cho đến quá trình bỏ đi tầm đúng sư để học đạo và trở thành yogi. Có người đã từng nói rằng, Ấn Độ là vùng đất linh thiêng mà mỗi con người là một vị thánh, mình thì có ấn tượng như thế này: trong 10 người Ấn, sẽ có 8 vị thánh, một người tầm sư học đạo và người còn lại là một kẻ hiếp dâm! (ờ, cái cuối là do ảnh hưởng của báo chí). Vì không mấy tin tưởng ở phép nhiệm màu (mà mình cũng không hiểu con người cần và tin có phép màu để làm gì) nên mình xem như đang thưởng thức một câu chuyện phiêu lưu của một cậu bé đến vùng đất Thánh, không đặt nặng vấn đề đúng sai. Trong sách có nhiều câu triết lý mà các Thánh nói với nhân vật tôi khá hay và tương đồng trong quan điểm của các nhà tư tưởng (!?) như Osho, Krishnamurti (J. và U.G.)... (phải chăng là do tất cả đều cùng một cội). Tuy nhiên, vẫn có nhiều điểm gây rối cho người đọc khi muốn hiểu về tư tưởng của Yoga (hoặc của nhân vật tôi) trong cuốn sách này, dù là tiếp cận nó như một tác phẩm văn học đơn thuần đi chăng nữa.1. Quan điểm về Cái chết:- Có lúc thì các yogi đau khổ vì cái chết của người mình yêu mến, có lúc thì họ lại nhìn nó dưới quan điểm "luân hồi" hoặc về với Thượng Đế nên cái chết nhẹ nhàng, không có gì đáng sợ hoặc sầu bi. Vậy lúc nào thì nên buồn, lúc nào nên vui?2. Vai trò của sự cầu nguyện:- Nếu tất cả là ý của Đấng Tối cao thì việc mình là một Yogi có năng lực cầu nguyện (nhờ cả thầy của mình nữa) để khiến người thân mình lành bệnh hoặc béo lên hoặc có con có được tính là một hành vi "hối lộ" ơn trên hoặc "thao túng" quy luật tự nhiên không?Thật không may là trong quá trình đọc cuốn sách này, mình bỗng liên tưởng đến câu: "Một người làm quan/sư/yogi, cả họ được nhờ" :/ vì nhân vật tôi đã đổ nhiều tâm huyết để cứu giúp người thân mình chứ không phải những người xa lạ gặp hoạn nạn.3. Vấn đề sử dụng đồ có nguồn gốc động vật trong yoga:- Mình ăn chay vì không muốn làm hại đến động vật cũng như môi trường, và mình kiên quyết nói không với mọi sản phẩm gây hại cho động vật, từ áo quần, trang sức cho đến hóa mỹ phẩm cho nên mình thấy rất đồng tình khi lần đầu tiên cùng người bạn bỏ trốn lên tàu, nhân vật tôi đã xé bỏ lớp bọc sách và sợi dây bằng da trên trang phục vì đây là những thứ "không nên có trong cuộc hành trình này". Đáng khen cho hai đứa trẻ chưa phải là đã ngộ đạo hay được dạy dỗ chính quy mà có thể để ý được những chi tiết nhỏ nhặt như vậy! Chuyện nọ nối tiếp chuyện kia cho đến khi nhân vật tôi đến nhà các Thánh để chứng kiến năng lực nhiệm màu của họ, không rõ có Thánh nào ăn mặn (như Phật giáo Tiểu thừa) không nhưng trong nhà của ít nhất 2 Thánh có xài đồ da, mà là da hổ hẳn hoi (?!). Ừ, thì có thể người ta có thể nhặt da của 2 con hổ đã chết vì già hoặc bệnh rồi mang tới biếu cách Thánh làm thảm ngồi hoặc 2 con hổ vì quá mến mộ đức độ của 2 thầy nên nguyện biến mình thành nội thất trong nhà. Ở đây thì chuyện gì cũng có thể xảy ra nên mình vẫn đứng vững được :sss - Khi nhân vật tôi tới cầu xin Thầy cứu giúp em mình đang bị bệnh nặng, thầy đồng ý rồi nhưng còn dặn thêm là "mua cái nhẫn ngọc trai" cho em gái đeo với lí do tương tự như việc người Thiên Chúa giáo quỳ xuống cầu nguyện dưới biểu tượng chữ thập. Nhưng, chả nhẽ Thầy không biết là ngọc trai (pearl) được làm từ một con trai ngậm ngọc bị mổ bụng ra? Hóa ra ăn chay của Yoga chỉ đơn thuần là KHÔNG GIẾT động vật để làm thức ăn, còn giết để làm mấy thứ khác thì vô tư! Nói thật là tới khúc này là mình... phì cười rồi.Nếu mình là nhân vật tôi thì hẳn câu chuyện đã dài ra 1 khúc kiểu:Thầy: Hãy đi mua về một cái nhẫn ngọc trai...bla blaMình: Dạ, con xin vâng ý thầy, nhưng thầy ơi, còn con trai ạ?Thầy: Con trai làm sao?Mình: Dạ, nó phải chết để làm nhẫn cho em con đeo...Thầy: À, ừ, ờ... biết sao giờ, số kiếp nó là như thế. Thôi thì để nó chết còn đầu thai sang kiếp khác cao hơn, như con... gái chẳng hạn :))))Hoặc:Thầy: Hãy đi mua về một cái nhẫn ngọc trai...bla blaMình: Dạ, con xin vâng ý thầy, nhưng thầy ơi, còn con trai ạ?Thầy: Con trai làm sao?Mình: Dạ, con trai ấy có bằng lòng chết cho sự hồi sinh của em con không?Thầy: Có chớ, thầy đã nói chuyện nó rồi, nó rất vui lòng...Mình: *cười nụ cười minh triết* Vâng, con, em gái con và con trai xin cảm tạ thầy.Hoặc: Thầy: Hãy đi mua về một cái nhẫn ngọc trai...bla blaMình: Dạ, con xin vâng ý thầy, nhưng thầy ơi, còn con trai ạ?Thầy: Con trai làm sao?Mình: Dạ, nó phải chết để làm nhẫn ngọc cho em con đeo...Thầy: Hể???????????? Vậy té ra ngọc trai không phải là đá quý à? (Không biết không có tội :))))(Mình có lên mạng search trang sức ở chỗ bán đồcho người tập Yoga rồi, có bán ngọc trai làm từ con trai thật luôn, không phải đá quý đâu @@).Vâng, thưa các bạn, không chỉ ở trong Trại súc vật mà trong "Tự truyện của một Yogi", câu nói: "Mọi con vật đều bình đẳng, nhưng một số con vật bình đẳng hơn những con khác" vẫn luôn đúng. Đáng tiếc là mình dường như là người duy nhất quan tâm tới con trai và càm ràm về nó trong rv này :3 (#fight_for_troai'sright)Nhận xét về giọng văn của cuốn sách này, mình xin được trích dẫn 2 ý kiến của hai bạn: (1) "an enormous ego" (bạn ý cho cuốn này 1 sao :))), và (2) "Written with supreme confidence" (bạn này cho hẳn 5 sao :3 ), còn mình thì mình thấy cuốn này bình thường, đều đều, giống văn phong bao cuốn tự truyện khác mình từng đọc :">Mình từ bỏ cuốn sách này sau khi nhân vật tôi nói với bố của một đứa bé trai vừa chết là "Đồ sát nhân, ông đã giết thằng bé" @@ Mình nghĩ, nếu nhân vật tôi vẫn chưa thoát khỏi sân si thì cũng nên biết đến hai chữ "tếnhị" để không gào vào mặt của một người cha vừa mất con như thế (trong khi "fate" của thằng bé là phải chết trẻ) :/Dù sao thì mình vẫn muốn tập Yoga nhưng đương nhiên là sẽ không trở thành Yogi (sợ bị mời mua chuỗi ngọc trai đeo cho đúng điệu hoặc được phước lắm), tức là hấp thu kỹ thuật chứ không hấp thu tư tưởng.

  • Kathrina
    2018-12-05 02:40

    If I have ever been dragged to a book kicking and screaming, it was first The Holy Bible: King James Version, then Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and finally, though I demonstrably handled it with more maturity, Autobiography of a Yogi. I do not rate this book five stars, but rather all the stars, from one to five, in that it is both a piece of genius and metaphysical dreck, all paradoxically at the same time. The mysteries of the human consciousness are both specifically unpacked and hopelessly buried in one single narrative. Yoganandaji, through his visitation with the deceased Sri Yukteswar, explains the complexities of the causal, astral, and physical worlds, and the complicated hierarchical system of promotion that is apparently the fate of every living human being, and it is exhausting. I am happier in my agnostic ignorance. Somehow Sri Yukteswar got into a sweet internship with the Supreme Being, jumping out of the herd to assist in the astral greenroom for causal candidates. Without poking too much fun, I will accede that my cup is most likely not large enough to contain all the mind-stuff. I am empathetic with and also guardedly suspicious of the need to purchase lessons from SRF in order to learn the secrets of Kriya Yoga. It must be untainted, but must it also have a price?But I better get a handle on this soon -- I'm traveling to India this December, following the path of Yoganandaji's enlightenment with tour guides from the SRF. Not a path I chose, but a path that has been placed before me, and I would be a fool to turn it down. Ranchi, Calcutta (Kolkata), Varanasi, Puri -- seen with my own eyes. This book has served well as travelogue. It remains to be seen what other uses I will make of it.

  • Owlseyes
    2018-12-05 22:43

    Yogananda confided with Tagore and Gandhi and many other world great names. It's a beautiful auto-biography, recalling childhood,amazing stories of India, a troubled school-learning (the Humanities, and English...),and above all: the Master Teachings.Yogananda brought Kriya Yoga to the USA and wrote many books; some on parallels between Christianity and Yoga.One of the key points of the book: his love for his Master Yuketswar.A must-read book, especially in these days when Gandhi-inspired, social activist Anna Hazare draws millions in India against political corruption [review of 2011].

  • Jos-Madelaine Standing
    2018-11-13 00:18

    Fantastic!!! Listening to this e-book on Audible reminds me of every reason why I had decided to become a yoga teacher six years ago!! Must Read for those interested in eastern theology, with a desire to abandon dogmatic viewpoints on life, and finally those ready to jump into the great abyss of the unknown...resting within.

  • Suzie Palmer
    2018-11-24 03:40

    More just a book 'Autobiography of a Yogi' transformed my heart and mind like an indelible spiritual experience... it certainly expanded my view of life forever! Here's what i wrote in my autobiography:'My mind wondrously expanded during the process of reading Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. The life experiences of this profound being, together with so many other profound saintly beings, fulfilled a previously unquenchable yearning in my heart. From here, I felt vipassana meditation had been for the higher purpose of purifying my mind in preparation to receive such divine truths. I embraced this book as a gift from God! For here was a great Hindu yogi’s self-written account about his colourful life and associations with many of India’s God-realised masters. Always destined to become a yogi, Yogananda shares the miracles he experienced in his life as well as some of the sacred teachings he obtained on his road of awakening. Reading this was a dream come true for me. I absorbed Yogananda’s every line of his life story, adoring his writing style, magnificent expression, and grace… the treasure of his heart and soul! Yogananda was the first yogi ever to share the divinity of his experiences in such a way. And, through his sharing, my faith in God grew boundlessly stronger and my belief in healing my physical challenge became unquestionable! Because of Yogananda, I felt a sense of God intoxication for the first time. He presented God as most loving, sacred, and precious. Fear of God was not exhibited in the old Western way; instead, Hindu’s teach to guide one’s life in awe of our Maker — in love with… For the first time, my idea of God rocketed. He even interpreted Christianity beautifully — the Bible is completely different when explained with esoteric yet lucid, supernal wisdom, insight, and light — the reason why I sought to study it here in Oz.'More than highly-recommended, this book is a must read if spiritually inclined...

  • RK Kuppala
    2018-11-24 04:27

    Imagine a story or script, if you will, built around a scientific theory or some invention to cater to the tastes of Hollywood audience. All the grandeur, graphics etc., Some arrant trash gets passed for knowledge so convincingly.'Autobiography of a Yogi' is exactly that, the only difference being the subject, it is the 'mystic world of hinduism' at it's best, written specifically for the scientifically superstitious Western junta! It is not the content that I have problems with. I do not think that 'wonders', 'supernatural powers', bizarre incidents explained by the author are impossible in the real world. In fact, probably because I am Indian, I intuitively know that they are possible. But it is the style that I have problems with. Throughout the book, it looked as if the author was trying to 'sell' something in the name of yogic powers, mysticism etc., This book is not going to enlighten you, of course we can't outsource enlightenment to books, one has to attain it on his own - but, thins book makes you think that being a yogi is all about gaining some supernatural powers etc., which is not going to help you!For me, this book is like Dan Brown's novel!

  • Mehrsa
    2018-11-23 04:26

    I enjoyed reading this book. It is filled with insight and wisdom and a little bit of magic. I did not read this book in search of answers or direction. I already feel pretty centered in my life and I feel that I have a good relationship with the Divine (as Yogananda calls it). But Yogananda tells some beautiful stories about faith and being centered. It is beautiful to read about someone who devotes their entire life to God and meditation. It is also beautiful to read about the amazing experiences he has when he completely removes himself from the world. I have to say that I liked the first 2/3 of the book a lot better than the end when he comes to America. Also, I disagree with some of the methods of reaching one-ness with God. I don't think marriage and sex are as evil or as distracting as he says they are. I think that is some of that puritanical philosophy that must have snuck into Hinduism because it is not inherent in the culture or the religion. Also, the Judeo-Christian idea of self-less service is left out when you focus on intense mediation. Yogananda refers a lot to Christ's teachings, but I think there is a bit of a disconnect between Christianity and his philosophy of meditation. I think meditation and "self-realization" and the access you gain to divinity cannot be complete without the idea of self-less service like Christ taught. I don't fully practice either so I cannot go further philosophically, but it seems to me that Yoga and "self-realization" is a part, albeit an essential one, of accessing divinity. I thought there was a lot of other christ-like allegories as well like his master's taking on of his disciple's sins and physical suffering for them. I thought a lot of the mystical/magical/miracle stuff was interesting and cool. Not sure what percentage I believe, btu that's OK with me. I do think there is a lot to the universe and its laws that we do not understand and that can be manipulated if we could use more of our "energies". I am pretty open to it, but I am not going to go buy an astrology band. I have practiced yoga in the past though and know that there is a lot I need to learn about divinity and my body and the connection.

  • Tara
    2018-12-10 03:43

    This is a first hand account of an enlightened person on a specific spirtiual path. Yogananda came to the US in 1920 and stayed until his death in 1952 to spread the teachings of Kriya Yoga, which is a practical approach to spritiuality. It gives the goal and the practices that support living the spiritual life. I am biased since this is the spiritual lineage under which I study. I have it in my car so I can read during meals or when I am waiting.

  • Devan
    2018-12-02 04:14

    In her memoir of her father, Margaret Salinger notes that had it not been for Autobiography of a Yogi, she would never have been born. Her father, J.D. Salinger, had already begun his reclusive lifestyle. He wanted to divorce himself from the duties of domesticity and family life in order to achieve a higher spiritual consciousness. However, Paramhansa Yogananda 's book revealed to him that -in his understanding - salvation can also come to those who live a family life yet still practice his science of Kriya Yoga. Autobiography of a Yogi details the stories of Hindu asetics, manifesting themselves in any space and any time they so choose; yogis healing the sick of infirmities and taking the burdens upon themselves; the ordinary man and his insistence on logic as the only tool possible for understanding the world around him, and being overcome by events which pass understanding. What is also fascinating about this book is that it details the wonder-workers of other faiths: a Muslim able to manifest any physical thing at will; a Catholic nun who does not eat and lives solely on the light of Christ, suffering the stigmata frequently in her German country hermitage; a Unitarian Universalist botanist who found God in the plants around him. In that way, this was a fun read.Yet, these varieties of religious experience are endemic of late 19th-century religious pluralism and its holdovers like Yogananda. While it was interesting to see these different quests for God, one thing that kept coming up throughout the text were these individuals who, through extensive intellectual or physical rigor, were coming closer to God. They were working really hard to reach God. Yet, the Christian gospel says that God will reach out to us, no matter how hard we work or how well we do. Because He is that good.

  • Maria
    2018-11-17 03:37

    My name is Maria, and I read this book the first time in English, even though I was not really good in speaking or understanding English. But somehow I knew I had to explore this book, knowing nothing about yogis or gurus or indian culture. So I had a glossary and the book at the same time, teaching myself the language while reading this awsome story and amazing information. ALL MY LIFE ì HAVE a thirst for knowledge, and wisdom for the love of life. This book is the only book you really need in your bookshelves, if you would have to choose between getting read of your home library, but was asked to just keep ONE single book, this is the book. I HAVE BEEN READING all kinds of FANTASTIC LITTERATUR AND BIOGRAPHIES, historic documents, alternative books, enlightened readings. Yogananda was and IS it. I felt it with such immensity how this book spoke to me, and knew I did not have to look any further. So time passed and I kept reading other books, but not once did I leave the decision of travelling to India, and come in touch with a master kriya Yogi. I had to wait for 12!years for an initiated master of this yoga-line. Need I say more? As well as Scientific, this book is also like a true fairytale, with immortal beings and stories that blows your heart and mind wideopen. The best gift you can ever give yourself, and others. Best wishes Maria OM NAMAH SHIVAYAH

  • jack
    2018-11-26 20:41

    so far this book is fucking fascinating. it's doubly fascinating to me because paramhansa's brother is bishnu gosh, bikram's guru. this book is super dense but filled with amazing stories of growing up in india being surrounded by mystics and saints who would perform miracles left and right. it's amazing to me that there could be a place where spirituality is so widely accepted and celebrated. it gives me hope that that aspect of humanity can begin to be a part of our lives in the west, where we have unfortunately replaced it with the damaging and hateful stand-in of organized religion. having finished this book finally i have this to say: sometimes you read a book at exactly the right time. if this is the right time for you this book will change your life.

  • Lora Abrielle
    2018-12-13 22:37

    Yogananda is truly inspiring, and I am not a 'disciple.' I simply recognize truth when I feel it. He lived a profound life, as he chose to diligently focus on high aspects of being. In this book, he talks about this life as a projection in the following way:"One day I entered a cinema house to view a newsreel of the European battlefields. The First World War was still being waged in the West; the newsreel presented the carnage with such realism that I left the theater with a troubled heart. 'Lord,' I prayed, 'why dost Thou permit such suffering?' "To my intense surprise, an instant answer came in the form of a vision of the actual European battlefields. The scenes, filled with the dead and dying, far surpassed in ferocity any representation of the newsreel. 'Look intently!' A gentle Voice spoke to my inner consciousness. 'You will see that these scenes now being enacted in France are nothing but a play of chiaroscuro. They are the cosmic motion picture, as real and as unreal as the theater newsreel you have just seen -- a play within a play.' "My heart was still not comforted. The Divine Voice went on: 'Creation is light and shadow both, else no picture is possible. The good and evil of maya must ever alternate in supremacy. If joy were ceaseless here in this world, would man ever desire another? Without suffering, he scarcely cares to recall that he has forsaken his eternal home. Pain is a prod to remembrance. The way of escape is through wisdom. The tragedy of death is unreal; those who shudder at it are like an ignorant actor who dies of fright on the stage when nothing more has been fired at him than a blank cartridge. My sons are children of the light; they will not sleep forever in delusion.' "Although I had read scriptural accounts of maya, they had not given me the deep insight that came with personal visions and with the accompanying words of consolation. One's values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture; and that not in it, but beyond it, lies his own reality." I highly recommend this writing by Yogananda. He offers many examples of living a 'miraculous' life, both within his own experiences and others. I have quotes around 'miraculous,' as I understand that we are Consciousness Itself - there is no separation. And with that understanding, 'miracles' are simply manifestations of awareness and can be considered a normal part of life. Examples include human beings who live without food or water, and those who spontaneously heal or facilitate such healings.Yogananda made his conscious departure from the physical, while in front of a public audience, on March 7, 1952. He left an 'incorruptible' body, as several (if not many) 'saints' have done, meaning the body did not deteriorate. The book doesn't say how long this continued, but it matters not. There are various bodies on display around the world, of those who have achieved this state of incorruptibility - for hundreds of years (refer to Susan Shumsky's book "Ascension"). The best overview of this book may be on the back cover: "Named one of the 100 best spiritual books of the 20th century, Paramahansa Yogananda's remarkable life story takes you on an unforgettable exploration of the world of saints and yogis, science and miracles, death and resurrection. With soul-satisfying wisdom and wit, he illuminates the deepest secrets of life and the universe -- opening our hearts and minds to the joy, beauty and unlimited spiritual potentials that exist in the lives of every human being."

  • Erik Graff
    2018-11-17 01:22

    This was probably the first book Michael Miley ever gave me, possibly the first book I ever read upon his recommendation. Many others have followed, Michael having influenced my reading more than anyone else. I had known of Michael in high school, known of him as a tough guy, not someone I'd willingly associate with. I met him shortly after graduation, him and his brother, Tom, in Hodges Park, between the Park Ridge, Illinois City Hall, The Community Church and Bob Rowe's Evening Pipe Shop. The person did not fit with the reputation. Raised in a broken working-class family, ostensibly Catholic, Michael had been going through some swift changes, questioning his previously unthought assumptions about religion, politics and philosophy. I'd been doing much the same. We hit it off, beginning a creative, often contentious, dialogue that continues to this day. My answer to questions about the nature of reality consisted of a barely mixed stew of Marxist and existentialist ideas. He was beginning to find some insight through the study of Eastern philosophies. An exchange of ideas, reading recommendations and books began. Thus Yogananda. I found Yogananda to be charmingly bizarre, his claims to paranormal experiences intellectually unbelievable. But his charm was such that I persisted, reading the whole thing. Some experience with psychedelics had opened my mind quite a lot to the possibilities of quite extraordinary experiences. Perhaps we just interpreted them differently. It didn't hurt that Yogananda had had some acquaintance with Gandhi, a great hero of mine. Generally, my appropriation of his story was positive, however guarded, just as my appropriation of Michael's own stories of himself were to become. From Yogananda my readings progressed to Sri Aurobindo, again at Michael's suggestion, a more intellectually satisfying thinker, but that's another story...

  • Naliniprasad
    2018-11-30 21:38

    Started reading this book four years back.It took me a long time to finish mainly due to the language style used.The narrative appeared dry and monotonous at the beginning.Kept on reading it when ever I saw this book mentioned in print or in movies.Read it at a stretch and finished it last week.It was gratifying.Paramahansa Yogananda gives us a first hand account of the practice of "kriyayoga" ,it's proponents and preachers.I was really taken aback when I started reading about the ancient yogi "babaji".I have been looking at his picture in many places without having a clue as to his identity.Finally this book gave me an answer.The book also gives us accounts of some christian yogis.It is because of gurus like Lahiri Mahasaya,Trailang baba,Shri Yukteshwar and Paramahansa yogananda that the ancient vedic science is still thriving on earth.Some of the incidents and people described in the book border on fantasy and unreality.After completely reading the book, it is easy to understand why it is so famous.