Autobiography of a Yogi

Book Review of Autobiography of a Yogi

Title: Autobiography of a Yogi
Author: Paramahansa Yogananda
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 499
Chapters: 49
Publisher: Yogoda Satsanga Society of India
ISBN: 978-81-902562-0-9
Edition: Second Indian hardcover edition 2016, Second Impression 2017
Printed Price: ₹195

What is the Autobiography of a Yogi about?

The idiom ‘Never Judge a Book By its Cover’ aptly suits this book whose cover gives it a notion of being a purely religious text. Sri Paramahansa Yogananda takes his readers on a journey, which is full of witty instances, true accounts, insightful fables, and priceless wisdom.

What is interesting in the Autobiography of a Yogi?

  • Though the book predominantly focuses on the timeless concept of spiritual evolution of a man, it surprisingly refers to numerous proven scientific concepts linked with spirituality. From eminent scientist J C Bose’s theory of electromagnetic radiation to the world of metaphysics, light waves, and atoms, Sri Paramahansa Yogananda leads us to the cusp of science and spirituality.
  • Infused with so much knowledge, the book is a gem. The references and additional facts explained in the chapters make it pricelessly informative. Chapters dedicated to Sri Yoganandaji’s meeting with Jagdish Chandra Bose, Luther Burbank, Mahatma Gandhi, and Rabindranath Tagore are unputdownable.
  • With Stephen Hawking’s, the late British scientist, last published paper on the ‘Origin of Universe’ concluding that the cosmos is actually a projection emanating from a light source, Sri Paramahansa Yogananda’s same words in one of the chapters are self-satisfying that what scientists are discovering today has been revealed to ancient sages centuries before.
  • The book effortlessly justifies its title of being in the top 100 books of the century. Sri Paramhansa Yogananda’s way of writing is capable enough to dissect one’s ego-laden mind. Yogananda’s prophecy that his pen would reach millions seems true as the book continues to attract distracted seekers of truth. He leaves no stone unturned to persuade others to believe in God. His relentless efforts to trace a genuine Guru [Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri] is exemplary and worthy of thoughtful introspection.

Should you read the Autobiography of a Yogi?

Yes, if 

  • You are ready to open yourself to a world that is infinite and beyond our comprehension.
  • Even for the non-believers or the ones obsessed with finding a reason for everything, ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ is compelling enough to verify the science-spiritual linkage discussed on several occasions in the book.

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