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Autobiography of a Yogi (Self-Realization Fellowship) Kindle Edition
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Kingsley is the perfect choice for this material...When he speaks, Yogananda speaks. Particularly moving are the chapters where Yogananda describes miracles performed by his Guru and other saints plus his own visions. They exemplify the universality underlying all religion and spiritual practice. -- --Santa Fe Sun
Superbly narrated...Kingsley's distinctive voice brings Yogananda's extraordinary and colorful story to life with wit, grace, and elegance. -- --NAPRA Review --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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- ASIN : B00JW44IAI
- Publisher : Self-Realization Fellowship (22 April 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 27951 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 677 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 32,777 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Is it answer to liberation? Firstly, the word "liberation" hasn't even been defined. For that reason, it leaves readers mind open to fantasizing. Good for inspiration only. Otherwise, still dvaita (dualistic teaching) that'll lead to continued seeking.
But I must give credit this book was greatest spiritual inspiration, only to made me realize entire world of Yoga is dvaita, whose aim is to purify the mind. But most turn it into the END, thinking it's about samadhi (doesn't matter whether we're talking savikalpa or nirvikalpa, it's still a time-bound experience).
The book has no power to remove beginningless ignorance which causes person to place the "I" into body-mind. Neither is Kriya Yoga intended for this purpose.
Remember: Kriya Yoga is MEANS. Not the END.
It is essentially a gateway into the spiritual truths that Paramahansa Yogananda lived by and shared with the world by writing masterpieces and living by example.
This book is a must for any spiritual seeker.
Top reviews from other countries
From an early age and with singular dedication Yogananda sought to follow a God-centred life, which brought him into close contact with many ascetics and wonder workers, eventually culminating in the meeting with his guru, the renowned sage, Sri Yukteswar.
All the way through the book are fascinating meetings, extraordinary encounters and close observations of miraculous happenings. Here’s an overview from the first third (as to recount the whole book would be too much for this review): the author causing his sister’s boil to double in size by the power of his will; the same sister taunting him to acquire two kites being flown nearby of which he petitions the goddess Kali for their possession and then miraculously they come to him; his meetings with the saint with two bodies who locates a friend of the author’s father by simultaneously being in two places at once; the perfume saint who conjures up exotic perfumes out of thin air; the tiger swami who once fought and subdued tigers with his bare hands, and who from an initially feeble body gained his superior strength and prowess by persistent thoughts of such; the levitating saint who advised that the divine order arranges futures more wisely than any insurance company; India’s great scientist J. C. Bose who discovered by careful investigation that inorganic matter was anything but inert; the healing of the author’s cholera by his appealing to the picture of his guru’s guru, Lahiri Mahasaya; the incredible provision of a sumptuous meal when the author and a friend had to rely on God alone to look after them while engaging in a penniless test to prove divine supply; the sleepless saint who survives without sleep; the author’s guru Sri Yukteswar’s prevention of mosquito bites and subjugation of a cobra, the advice to the author (and subsequent proof) that he (the author) can cure his lifelong affliction of chronic dyspepsia by having faith in the divine life force, the broadcasting of powerful mental commands to make a thief steal a cauliflower to teach a lesson; the extension of a disbelieving doctor’s life by an exact period whereby he would have otherwise died; saints communicating directly with the divine mother (God) and getting instant answers and action; and the author’s incredible experience of cosmic consciousness and understanding of the God-centred dream nature of reality.
Throughout the rest of the book are details of meetings with Mahatma Gandhi, Babaji (the Christ-like yogi who materialised a palace out of nothing in the Himalayas), Therese Neumann (the catholic saint and stigmatist), Rabindranath Tagore (the famous Bengali poet) and Luther Burbank (the pioneering American horticulturist who discovered that the great secret of plant breeding is love). There’s also many more meetings with saints and wonder workers that fill up the rest of the book, such as yogis who can’t be poisoned or imprisoned and who can miraculously re-attach severed limbs. There’s even explanations as to how wonder workers work their miracles (as explained in the chapter The Law of Miracles) whereby the cosmic dream is expounded, along with the premise that everything in existence is made from light of which can be manipulated by belief and the trained will.
Of course, whether the book is believed or not is up to the reader, but for me (who has read much collaborating evidence from other sources) it’s one of the most important and significant books I own. I’ve read various physical editions a number of times, parts of them numerous times, and am currently reading the electronic version on Kindle (which works well on it). If approached with an open mind the book could be life-changing as it gives further credence to the existence of God and the reality of miracles. It’s also well-paced with manageable chapter lengths so can be easily read in stages. All told, an excellent, worthwhile and valuable insight.
Further more, the concepts such as each thought being a vibration and that it is transmitted universally into the cosmos is such an eye opener when compared to the world of our senses that we perceive everyday.