am 6. Mai 2001
"An Ihren Früchten werdet ihr sie erkennen". Mit diesen Worten Jesu messe ich Menschen, die glauben oder sagen der Menschheit etwas Gutes zu tun. So las ich auch die Autobiografie eines Yogi vor ca. 25 Jahren zum ersten Mal. Heute 25 Jahre später las ich sie erneut und stelle fest: sie gefällt mir mindestens genausogut wie damals.... und mehr noch, ich erkannte wie viel ich von diesem liebenswerten indischen Yogi (der auch noch über qualifizierte schriftstellerische Fähigkeiten verfügte) gelernt und umgesetzt habe. Vor allem seine Einfachheit, Ehrlichkeit und sein kindhaftes Gemüt, das ganz frei von allem Missionsdrang war, haben es mir angetan. Obwohl man sein Lebenswerk im Rückblick als gewaltig bezeichenen darf, ist er sehr bescheiden geblieben. Was ihn charakterisiert zeigt sich in seinem Leitsatz: ..sich das Beste von Ost und West zu Eigen zu machen. Das hat er "getan". Er erklärt uns sein Verständnis der Christlichen Bibel und der Veden in einer Art, die ihresgleichen sucht. Damit offenbarte er sich als echter "Weltbürger" und lebte seine Vision einer Menschheits-umfassenden Brüderlichkeit auf's sympathischste vor. Seine Redegabe muß groß gewesen sein, wo immer er hin kam füllte er die größte Säle, darunter auch die Carnegiehall. Sein Lebenswerk besteht heute noch fort und erfreut sich zunehmender Beliebtheit, wohl deshalb, weil er sich auf die allen Religionen zugrundeliegenden Wahrheiten ausrichtete und so einen Weg zum Mensch-sein zeigte, den wir heute mehr denn je brauchen können. Das Besondere ist, daß er diesen Weg konsequent selber gegangen ist und dies mit der gleichen Konsequenz, die wir auch von seinem Zeitgenossen Ghandi und seiner Politik Gewaltlosigkeit her kennen. Dieses Buch ist ein Klassiker und verdient mehrmals gelesen zu werden.
am 29. Mai 2000
You will be amazed by this book, and it will be difficult to put it down till you've reached the final page. No wonder even ex-Beatle George Harrison recommended it to his friend. Also, Paramahansa and his teachers were part of the people in the Stg Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band portrait! Yes, the Beatles loved Paramahansa too!
This is Paramahansa Yogananda's autobiography. A life filled with encounter with India's spiritual men, saints and teachers, not to mention lots of extra sensory events. Lots of unusual events there, some like a person being in 2 places at one time (bi-location), levitating saints, non-eating saints etc.
Paramahansa's teachings, along with Ernest Holmes (I also strongly recommend Holmes' classic 'The Science Of Mind') have really influenced my view on life. No man can live like an island. We were not put on this earth, lonely and helpless. There's always an invisible counterpart/intelligence/energy guiding us. Many years ago I used to be a 'logical man', who didnt believe in God. But one day I prayed very sincerely ("to God if he exists") for an answer to a problem, and I got a miracle answer just hours after that(a 'coincidence' that's 1 against a million!) Getting a miracle answer like that shattered my old prejudice (lack of open mindedness to accept a possibility of an Infinite Intelligence (God)?).
Read this book to find out more about the 'super-natural'. Paramahansa explains how and why it happens. Read with an open mind, my dear skeptics. Truely, is the world we see all there is?
am 29. Mai 2014
Das Buch habe ich anfangs nicht kaufen wollen, weil ich das Cover so abstoßend fand. sah irgendwie sektiererisch aus. Die Lektüre wurde aber für die Yogalehrerausbildung verlangt. Im Nachhinein denke ich, dass es mich wundert, dass es nicht bei jeder Yogalehrerausbildung Pflichtlektüre ist. Sollte es nämlich sein.
am 22. Juli 2000
Sri Paramhansa Yogananda ji presents his experiences in such a way that when you read through the book, you feel that spiritual charge flowing through yourself.
When he writes about his various meetings with the spiritual souls and their way of living, you feel that you are availing the golden opportunity of meeting them.
He writes with such conviction, that you have to sit up and think about the purpose of your and my being here. Why are we all here? What do various things that we come accross signify.
When you read through the book, it is but unavoidable to actually get involved into what he writes. Each writeen word adds new dimension to what is being explained.
His description of his spiritual experiences can find no match (at least I feel that) with what others might even think to write. It is evident from what he writes, that he himself was a man of great spiritual experiences. Such that might not even have heard about earlier.
A great book...
Worth numerous readings...
Even if I pick the book up today and read some parts of it, I literally feel the spiritual charge flowing through me. Anyone who reads the book just can't help becoming an ardent reader of Guruji's books. He is a fabulous writer and what he writes is still more bewildering.
am 1. März 2000
I've read this book 5 times. This book, I feel, comes closest to describing a) where we came from b) why we are here and c) where we go after we leave. Athiesm has some good points. But if we are "concious meat", then where does the conciousness go when we die and are just meat? This postulates that a state of mind or conciousness can dissapate into a "peaceful nothingness". This is in direct contradiction to Newton's Law of Conservation. I have seen the silver star that Yogananda talks about in the book. It is surrounded by a gold ring and lies in a field of blue. The five-pointed star seems to flicker at the exact rate of twice a second. I've seen it 30 to 40 times, and it is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I have talked to many other yogis who have seen the exact same thing. I am not very advanced spiritually. I called an SRF counselor many years ago and simply asked him how somebody as messed up as me can have these experiences especially since I am not schozphrenic and have never seen the silver star while drunk. He said that spiritual development is contingent on how much you love God. Everything else is superfluous. Well, I love God more than anything! And I love my Sat Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, more than anybody. Please buy this book. But with one warning. All of the miracles are indeed true. But since the entire universe is indeed made out of light, nearly every manifestation will someday be able to be explained. When you analyze radio waves, we can come up with explanations. But they are really more far-fetched than anything in this book. Oh! The SRF monks keep telling me something else. Even though we feel that our way is the best way, it is not the only way. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and even some athiests(! ) can reach God faster than any Self-Realizationist. Simply because they are following spiritual laws. I am very grateful to Self-Realization Fellowship and the fifty or so monks that I have talked to on the phone. I am especially grateful to Brother Bhaktananda who has helped me so greatly. He knew Yogananda when he was still in his body. And he never looked down on me for my clinical depression or my alcohol abuse. He simply kept reminding me, "We are all praying for you, Bill." I am very grateful. Some yogis can see the silver star with their eyes open! I can only see it with my eyes closed doing a certain yogic
technique. It's between the eyebrows. Kindness seems to be the pathway to such advancements. And I am not kind yet. I have to go to Recovery, Inc. for the depression and temper. Then I can go faster. Maybe some of you can go much faster. Good luck and buy the book from Amazon.com.
am 15. Januar 2000
Until this amazing book was placed in my hands (literally)a few years ago, I was not aware that there were such beings and modern day Avatars as "Paramahansa Yogananda". It also made me very much unaware of India's major contributions in the worlds' spiritual development. Even though I had been enjoying the rewarding study of comparative religions for a number of previous years.
However, the careful reading of this 20th century spiritual classic "Autobiography of a Yogi", set my thinking and life experiences in an entirely new and unexpected direction, which definitely brought them to a more profound and meaningful depth of awareness. Now I am seeing the deeper aspects of the spiritual life in a more effective and practical way, and many new understandings and revelations are being opened to my consciousness. This is definitely a life-changing classic of spiritual literature that is difficult to compare with anything I've previously seen. It is like living in different dimension, where common sense and balance, greater appreciation of other faiths, as well as really new approaches give one the tools to work with that are rare finds. This presentation of truth is extremely motivational for ones ongiong self-improvement. As Yognanda himself began seriously revising this book with each new edition (a trait I admire in any author). The reader will get the most complete and most accurate teachings of this great Yogi from the latest editions (which includes the 49th chapter and many other improvements by the author and his successors), published by Self-Realization Fellowship publishers, via Amazon books.
Not only is this book a good introduction to understanding world spirituality better, it will also take one all the way to Self-Realization. I seriously recommend this edition to all truth-seekers and students of comparative religion, as a major key to unlocking our past conditioning and broadening many narrow views that we become attached to in our earlier development. Here is a balanced and insightful approach to world religion and spirituality that gives true ecumenical recognition to all the worlds major saints and prophets. This spiritual classic will contribute much to bringing harmony, peace, and mutual respect to this world of so many varied belief systems.
Paramahansa Yogananda, with his unique blend of wit, wisdom, insight and intuition shows us the primary elements and truths that are the foundation of all true religions. He does this without criticism, judgment, or dogmatism. Many readers tell me that his message and presence are distinctly evident even after having been translated into other languages. This is the same eternal message that was given the world by other great saviors such as Krishna, Buddha, Moses, Sankara, and Jesus. The author's life is also a testament of all that He wrote about, it just doesn't get more real than this.
I have no doubt that millions of lives have already been changed by this sacred literary revelation................It is especially interesting to note that the Autobiography of a Yogi has been appearing on Best Seller lists for over 50 years. E.g. Los Angeles Times in the fall of 1997, at Amazon.com online bookseller it was the best selling book in the field of religion for 1998.
Through this divinely inspired spiritual classic, which is having a profound global effect in man's evolutionary spiritual journey, a wonderful experience awaits the sincere reader. Don't make the mistake of only reading it once!
Partial LIST OF SUBJECTS: The author's early life... Meeting your spiritual Master... How the Master-Disciple relationship works... The Science of KRIYA YOGA (the science of consciousness raising through energy control - Pranayama)... Meditation and prayer... Lives of many modern Eastern and Western Saints visited by the author.. Law of Miracles...how they work... Principle of Raja Yoga... How great masters teach their disciples... the inner meanings of Christ and Krishna... The Astral and Spiritual worlds... Evidence of Reincarnation and Karma... How to find your true Path... How to get more out of your own faith..........Travels in India... The Spiritual heritage of India... The Science of healing and miracles. The Importance of Yogananda's founding of the Self-Realization Fellowship as his only authorized channel for His writings and Kriya Yoga............ Footnotes on yoga and world religious history.. Mans purpose and goal in life....... AND MUCH MORE-----
ALSO RECOMMENDED: A world in transition......Sanctuaty of the Soul..........Man's Eternal Quest... Divine Romance... Journey to Self-Realization... The Science of Religion... God Talks With Arjuna(Bhagavad Gita).. Enter the Quiet heart.......Finding the Joy within You........... Where There is Light... --This text refers to the Quality Paperback edition Published by Self-Realization Fellowship.
am 19. Oktober 1999
Paramhansa Yogananda (born Mukunda Lal Ghosh) was a devout Hindu and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship, a society devoted to Kriya Yoga, a form of meditation. This autobiography was originally published in 1946 and immediately became a spiritual bestseller. Full of mystic wonders and miracles it is told with a sincere faith - but there is more than one way to interpret the events related!
Ghosh was born in very comfortable circumstances; his father was an executive in the Bengal-Nagpur Railway. According to Yogananda he demonstrated his spiritual superiorities at an early age - during spats with his sister! Unconscious sibling and parental rivalries recur throughout the book. Upon the death of his mother, Ghosh obtained a pension (by fraud!) and made his way through a parade of saints and wonderworkers to the ashram (seminary) of Yukteswar Giri (Priya Nath Karar). The future Yogananda was mercilessly ridiculed by his fellow chelas (students) as well as the acerbic guru. At one point he watches in mystification as Yukteswar 'predicts' the theft of a cauliflower from Ghosh's belongings. To Yogananda's continuing puzzlement Yukteswar's psychic abilities proved insufficient when faced with more mundane missing items... Later Yukteswar becomes besotted with a young chela Yogananda describes as handsome but worthless - ignoring the more deserving Ghosh! Eventually the chela over-abuses his indulged position and the broken-hearted guru turns to Ghosh with tears in his eyes, saying: "I will leave it to you to instruct Kumar to leave the ashram tomorrow; I can't do it!" Then Yukteswar's mother visits the ashram: Yogananda observes that she is "a woman of very decided opinions." Later she scolds her son:
"Sri Yukteswar backed away without further argument... I was touched at his great respect for his mother even in her unreasonable moods... There was a charm about the trifling incident; it supplied a sidelight on my guru's unusual nature, inwardly humble and outwardly unbendable."
Yogananda's life was replete with miracles, and I can't resist mentioning two more: on one occasion, he had to give a speech, but was worried that his English wasn't good enough; afterwards his friends said the speech was just fine! On another occasion it was predicted that he would someday like strawberries and behold! By mashing them with lots of sugar they became quite tasty!
Yoganada's story is also leavened by outspoken Indian nationalism and occasional Moslem-bashing. Nevertheless he comes across as sincere and likable. A fascinating tale!
am 5. September 1999
As a long time student of comparative religion the discovering of this spiritual classic "Autobiography of a Yogi" set my thinking and life experience in a very new and unexpected direction. Until I became familiar with the great avatar "Paramahansa Yogananda" my superficial philosophical adventure seemed fulfilling enough. Now I am seeing the deeper aspects of the spiritual life and many new understandings and revelations are being opened to my consciousness.
I also read the original edition of this book, which I find somewhat incomplete, as Yognanda himself began seriously revising this book with each new edition. So the reader will get the most complete and most accurate teachings of this great Yogi from the latest editions published by Self-Realization Fellowship publishers, via Amazon books.
I highly recommend this edition to all truth-seekers and students of comparative religion as a major key to unlocking our past conditioning and broadening many narrow views that we become attached to in our earlier development. Here is a balanced and insightful approach to world religion and spirituality that gives true ecumenical recognition to all the worlds major saints and prophets. This spiritual classic will contribute much to bringing harmony, peace and mutual respect to this world of so many varied belief systems.
The author, with his unique blend of wit, wisdom, insight and intuition has shown us the primary elements and truths that are the foundation of all religions. He does this without criticism, judgement, or error. His is the same eternal message that was given the world by other great saviors such as Krishna, Buddha and Jesus.
I have no doubt that millions of lives have already been changed by this sacred literary revelation................
This is surely the work of a God-Realized bieng, a wonderful experience awaits the sincere reader. Don't make the mistake of only reading it once!!!
LIST OF SUBJECTS: Author's early life... Meeting your Master... The Master-Disciple relationship... The Science of KRIYA YOGA... Meditation and prayer... Lives of many modern Eastern and Western Saints.. Law of Miracles...how they work... Principle of Raja Yoga... How great masters teach their disciples... the inner meaning of Christ and Krishna... The Astral world... Reincarnation and Karma... How to find your true Path... Travels in India... The Spiritual heritage of India...
the Importance of Yogananda's founding of the Self-Realization Fellowship as his only authorized channel for His writings and Kriya Yoga............ Footnotes on yoga and religious history.. Mans purpose and goal in life.......... AND MUCH MORE-------------
ALSO RECOMMENDED: Man's Eternal Quest... Divine Romance... Journey to Self-Realization... The Science of Religion... God Talks With Arjuna(Bhagavad Gita)... Where There is Light...
am 15. Juni 1999
Of course this is a supurb book! Paramahansa Yogananda wrote it! However, Yogananda himself revised it in later editions. He chose editors, (monastics) who were spiritually in tune and intuitively guided by him to make later revisions. To think that an "Avatar" (an Incarnation of God) such as Yogananda, would allow his words to be perverted is to doubt that He was in fact an Incarnation of God. The purpose of this book is to entertain, spiritually educate and to inspire it's readers to meditate on God. Trying to ascertain whether or not it is EXACTLY what Yogananda said is to miss the point of the book entirely. Any authorized edition of "Autobiography Of A Yogi" will supply what He desired for it's readers, simply, a deep desire to know God. Yogananda's organization "Self-Realization Fellowship" is still run and always will be run, by those He chose to head that organization. They continue as always, through close attunement with Him, to edit His many books, lessons and still unpublished writings and lectures for future generations of truth seekers to use for continued inspiration to find God in their daily lives through deep meditation on God. Yogananda once said,"You will not find God in books", but you will find this book to be one of the most facinating and inspiring adventures you will ever read! Most readers can't put it down until they're finished! You'll find that the later editions are very fine indeed. The inexpensive edition is just as wonderful and just as inspiring as the more expensive editions (it's small enough to take to work with you and since you're probably going to loan it, or give it away to a friend, you won't break the bank on your first one)! Buy the special edition for your permanent library because you'll likely want to read it over and over and over again! Read any of them, but if you want the best, the best advice would be to go directly to the source and try the latest edition from Self-Realization Fellowship.
am 14. Dezember 1998
I have the change to experience in person a lot of the stories written in this book . The guidens from GOD . Autobiography of a Yogi is book that must be promoted by all readers . I am not talking about long ago; an examination for which i make few correction, after the papers where collected and sealed in front of all the students! Read the chapter of Guruji story where Swami Yukteswarji gives him advise for his examination. Next, I have been offer a job in Netherland by an Insurance Company ,the way it happens reminded me of the story of Lahiri Mahasaya's meeting with Babaji in the mountains , , the way the papers where completed, thereafter Lahiri Mahasaya was told that the transfer was wrong !Now i have been offered the job and all the papers where completed for my staying and work .It is not easy for an not White man to find a job like this . details can be obtainfrom my Manager , even my Dutch easy matter. Next, a lot of dreams that becomes reality ,The best was that when in juli 1993 i had small pox , fever That night i was alone in Netherland my wife and 2 daughter where in Suriname . I called the help of my Guruji's and they send me the best nurse to look after me !! . My Mother came to me ,Spended the whole night just as she used to do when iwas sick, as her little son in Surinam. But my readers remember this that my Mother passed away on 31 of december 1992 ! !! coming to Europe has special meaning And now i am going to do something , even if i have to die for the true . Th e best thing to do if you wanted to give a gift , buy this book .Especially in this day of Christmas , it is a lifetime never ending deposit from which the reader can withdraw help experience the reason why he/she is born. My GOD BLESS YOU ALL ALWAYS: please correct fault wording.