Autobiography of a Yogi Audiobook by Paramahansa Yogananda

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Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda

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Summary

Autobiography of a Yogi Audiobook by Paramhansa Yogananda is the autobiography of the popular Guru- Paramahansa Yogananda.- and gives an insight into his life to the readers. The book opens Calcutta, India with Yogananda’s childhood. The guru was born as Mukunda Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur in 1893 in a well to do Bengali family. He was born as the fourth child and one of the eight children of his parents.

During his infancy, he faced issues with his body before he had learned to walk. He felt as if he could not walk. Since very early in his life Mukunda wanted to explore and know more about God. His parents were devoted Hindus, but he was clear that he did not want to follow in their footsteps. He did not want to marry and have children, rather he wanted to live the life of a monk and guru and pass on his learning to others. He became Swami Yogananda in 1914 when he joined the Swami order.

Yogananda offers interesting views on reincarnation. He says that reincarnation is a part of the evolutionary process. Humans rarely come back reincarnated as animals as it will be devolutionary. He explains to the readers why they were born and their purpose in life. He also came to America in 1920 to speak in the International Congress of Religious Liberals. His speech was very well received and he soon amassed a fan following. Some of the most influential people in the world became his followers and devotees.

Review

Autobiography of a Yogi Audiobook by Paramhansa Yogananda was first published in 1944 and since then it has been considered a spiritual classic inspiring number of spiritual seekers around the world. He presents his ideas in a simplistic way which enables the readers to understand the principle. He also provides the science behind Yoga.

Yogananda writes about difficult spiritual principles and states of samadhi with considerable ease and makes it easy for the readers also to comprehend it. Yogananda also provides stories and anecdotes of yogis and the way they live their lives. The book is a timeless classic for spiritual seekers and is a must-read for people interested in the realms of spirituality.

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