Autobiography of a Yogi is without delay a fantastically written account of an excellent existence and a profound advent to the traditional technology of Yoga and its universal culture of meditation. Profoundly inspiring, it's even as drastically interesting, warmly funny and jam-packed with impressive personages.
Self-Realization Fellowship's versions, and none others, comprise huge fabric further via the writer after the 1st version used to be released, together with a last bankruptcy at the last years of his life.
Selected as "One of the a hundred most sensible non secular Books of the 20th Century", Autobiography of a Yogi has been translated into greater than 30 languages, and is seemed around the world as a vintage of spiritual literature. a number of million copies were bought, and it maintains to seem on best-seller lists after greater than sixty consecutive years in print.
With enticing candor, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda tells the inspiring chronicle of his existence: the studies of his amazing early life, encounters with many saints and sages in the course of his younger seek all through India for an illumined instructor, ten years of educating within the hermitage of a respected yoga grasp, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in the US. additionally recorded listed here are his conferences with Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Luther Burbank, the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann, and different celebrated non secular personalities of East and West. the writer sincerely explains the sophisticated yet sure legislation at the back of either the normal occasions of daily life and the extreme occasions typically termed miracles. His soaking up lifestyles tale turns into the heritage for a penetrating and unforgettable examine the last word mysteries of human existence.
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One evening, during this very room, I had a shiny dream. excellent angels floated in unbelievable grace above me. So sensible was once the sight that I aroused from sleep straight away; the room used to be unusually enveloped in astonishing gentle. “My husband, in lotus posture, was once levitated within the middle of the room, surrounded by means of angels who have been worshiping him with the supplicating dignity of palm-folded palms. Astonished past degree, i used to be confident that i used to be nonetheless dreaming. “‘Woman,’ Lahiri Mahasaya stated, ‘you aren't dreaming. Forsake your sleep ceaselessly and ceaselessly. ’ As he slowly descended to the ground, I prostrated myself at his toes. “‘Master,’ I cried, ‘again and back I bow prior to you! Will you pardon me for having thought of you as my husband? I die with disgrace to achieve that i've got remained asleep in lack of awareness via the aspect of 1 who's divinely woke up. From tonight, you're not my husband, yet my guru. Will you settle for my insignificant self as your disciple? ’ 192 “The grasp touched me lightly. ‘Sacred soul, come up. you're approved. ’ He motioned towards the angels. ‘Please bow in flip to every of those holy saints. ’ “When I had entire my humble genuflections, the angelic voices sounded jointly, like a refrain from an old scripture. “‘Consort of the Divine One, thou artwork blessed. We salute thee. ’ They bowed at my ft and lo! their refulgent varieties vanished. The room darkened. “My guru requested me to obtain initiation into Kriya Yoga. “‘Of course,’ I spoke back. ‘I am sorry to not have had its blessing prior in my existence. ’ “‘The time used to be no longer ripe. ’ Lahiri Mahasaya smiled consolingly. ‘Much of your karma i've got silently helped you to see. Now you're keen and prepared. ’ “He touched my brow. plenty of whirling mild seemed; the radiance progressively shaped itself into the opal-blue religious eye, ringed in gold and established with a white pentagonal big name. “‘penetrate your cognizance throughout the megastar into the dominion of the endless. ’ My guru’s voice had a brand new notice, gentle like far-off song. “Vision after imaginative and prescient broke as oceanic surf at the seashores of my soul. The panoramic spheres ultimately melted in a sea of bliss. I misplaced myself in ever-surging blessedness. whilst I lower back hours later to expertise of this international, the grasp gave me the means of Kriya Yoga. “From that evening on, Lahiri Mahasaya by no means slept in my room back. Nor, thereafter, did he ever sleep. He remained within the living room downstairs, within the corporation of his disciples either by means of day and through evening. ” The illustrious girl fell into silence. understanding the individuality of her dating with the elegant yogi, i eventually ventured to invite for extra recollections. “Son, you're grasping. however you shall have yet one more tale. ” She smiled shyly. “I will confess a sin which I devoted opposed to my guru-husband. a few months after my initiation, i started to believe forlorn and ignored. One morning Lahiri Mahasaya entered this little room to fetch a piece of writing; I fast him. conquer by way of violent fantasy, I addressed him scathingly. “‘You spend all of your time with the disciples.