This is no ordinary book. It is a spiritual treasure. To read its message of hope to all truth seekers is to begin a great adventure.
Named one of the “Hundred Best Spiritual Books of the Century,”Autobiography of a Yogi has become recognized by followers of many religious traditions as a masterpiece of spiritual literature.
Only rarely does a sage of Paramhansa Yogananda’s stature write a firsthand account of his life experiences. Describing in vivid detail his many years of spiritual training under his Christ-like master, Sri Yukteswar, Yoganandaji has here revealed, with scientific clarity, a fascinating and little-understood aspect of modern India: the subtle but definite laws by which yogis perform miracles and attain complete self-mastery.
This is a verbatim reprinting of the original edition published in 1946. Translated into more than nineteen languages, millions of edited versions have sold, but the few thousand original copies have long since disappeared into the hands of collectors. Now, with this reprint, the 1946 edition is again available with all its inherent power, just as the great master of yoga first presented it.
The 1946 edition is the only available version approved for publication during Yoganandaji’s lifetime.
This original edition is the only one that does not contain thousands of posthumous changes to the text, unlike other publisher’s editions. Many of these changes substantially alter the original meaning and intention of the author.
Many highly respected, independent experts such as Vamadeva Shastri prefer the original edition.
All the major testimonials and reviews for this book, including the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, etc. plus the preface by Evans-Wentz were made for the original edition, not other publisher’s altered editions.
This original 1946 edition is available in English and Hindi.
The current, edited version is available in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Tamil, and Telugu.
What Others Are Saying:
In the original edition, published during Yogananda’s life, one is more in contact with Yogananda himself. While Yogananda founded centers and organizations, his concern was more with guiding individuals to direct communion with Divinity rather than with promoting any one church as opposed to another. This spirit is easier to grasp in the original edition of this great spiritual and yogic classic.
–Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley), Director, American Institute of Vedic Studies and author of Ayurvedic Astrology, Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses,Vedantic Meditation, Yoga and Ayurveda, and Yoga and the Sacred Fire
This renewed contact with the Yogisphere, its mental superiority to material reality, and its spiritual discipline, was very instructive for me, and I am grateful to you for granting me some insight into this fascinating world.
–Thomas Mann, Nobel Prize winner and author of Doctor Faustus, Joseph and His Brothers, and The Magic Mountain
Amazing, true stories of saints and masters of India, blended with priceless superphysical information-much needed to balance the Western material efficiency with Eastern spiritual efficiency-come from the vigorous pen of Paramhansa Yogananda, whose teachings my husband and myself have had the pleasure of studying for twenty years.
–Amelita Galli-Curci, one of the most highly regarded of early 20th century operatic vocalists.
As an eyewitness recountal of the extraordinary lives and powers of modern Hindu saints, the book has importance both timely and timeless. Yogananda’s unusual life-document is certainly one of the most revealing of the Hindu mind and heart, and of the spiritual wealth of India, ever to be published in the West.
–W. Y. Evans-Wentz, Jesus College, Oxford University; author of Life of Milarepa,The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines
There has been nothing before, written in English or in any other European language, like this presentation of Yoga.
–Columbia University Press
Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who “came to scoff” may remain “to pray.”
–The San Francisco Chronicle
I join with Autobiography of a Yogi’s millions of readers in all parts of the world in celebrating the glorious and timeless message of this spiritual and literary classic. The book is truly an ambassador of light, illuminating the eternal ideals that have ever been our surest guide on the path of life. It is those high and noble ideals that have helped humanity thus far to survive in this mysterious universe, and that will lead us rightly into the coming millennium.
–Dr. Robert Muller, former United Nations Assistant Secretary and General Chancellor, UN University of Peace, Costa Rica