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Paramhansa Yogananda author of autobiography of a yogi' was the first yoga master of India to live and teach in the West

Arriving in 1920 Yogananda barnstormed across America enthusiastic audiences fill the largest halls to hear him speak for over 15 years

Yogananda criss-crossed the u.s. giving lectures and classes in scores of major cities. Yogananda's initial impact was truly impressive but his lasting influence is greater still. He was a true spiritual revolutionary. his message of joy is as vital today as ever. in 1946 Yogananda published his autobiography of a yogi'. one of the most influential books of our time.

Autobiography of a yogi' helped launch and continues to inspire a far-reaching

worldwide spiritual revolution.

Yogananda's autobiography of a yogi' has sold well over 10 million copies and has

been translated into 34 different languages. probably the most shared book in the world, well-loved copies passed with enthusiasm from a friend a friend.

The number of people who have read the autobiography of a yogi' could easily surpass 30 million.

More than a book autobiography of a yogi' is a cultural phenomenon.

in 1967 the Beatles released sergeant pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. the cover included pictures of Yogananda and his line of gurus; Sri Yukteswar lahiri mahasaya and bhavati

Beatle George Harrison remained inspired by the autobiography for the rest of his life. he often gave copies away to people he met. from Gary Wright to president Ford.

I read the book, and it gave me goosebumps, somehow his pureness of heart just flowed out of it – George Harrison

Yogananda has influenced generations of artists, authors, activists, and scientists.

including mahatma gandhi, elvis presley, russell simmons, ravi shankar, thomas mann, marianne williamson, Steve Jobs and hundreds of others.

ravi shankar eminent musician and composer said; i have read many books on yoga by yogis, but i was never as impressed as with this book, it has some magic in it.

Jack Canfield, author motivational speaker and entrepreneur said; you would be hard-pressed to find anyone on the spiritual path whose life has not been influenced by this profound work of literature. it started me on the path of yoga, meditation and self exploration, that is continued until this day.

Steve Jobs recent passing, was marked by the revelation that, since he first discovered it in the 70s, he read autobiography of a yogi' once a year for the rest of his life.

the autobiography was the only book on his iPad. and he had it given to everyone who attended his funeral. his final words as he lay on his bed at home where; oh wow oh wow oh wow.

The revolutionary spiritual teachings of Yogananda and autobiography of a yogi' have been woven into our modern society by its scientific and universal approach to spirituality.

I interviewed more than 300 people for American Veda and I asked them how they first got interested in Indian spiritual teachings. overwhelmingly the most frequently mentioned book was autobiography of yogi. it was probably more instrumental in solidifying people's understanding and their commitment to their spiritual paths than any other book.

in the 1920s whenYogananda first campaigned across the u.s. meditation was almost unheard of.  now meditation is taught to children, used by athletes, and extolled by business leaders. its benefits confirmed by scientists.

the central message of autobiography of a yogi is the power of meditation to lift our hearts and minds into joy. Yogananda personally initiated over 100,000 people into the meditation

technique of Kriya yoga.

more than just a technique, Kriya yoga is the key to fulfilling spiritual life. a 2016 study by Yoga Journal revealed that today over 36 million Americans practice yoga postures.

yoga postures were only one piece of the Yogananda’s  solution for living a balanced healthy life.

If the Western brothers could learn the methods of the yogis, then they would learn to live 100 years, in perfect health happiness and great success.

he opened the first vegetarian restaurant in Los Angeles. in 1927 he offered a health plan for then President Calvin Coolidge, including exercise meditation a worry fast, and a meatless

diet of fresh fruit vegetables nuts and whole grains.

well-known in the 1950s and 60s Charles Atlas's dynamic tension bodybuilding mail-order course was inspired in part by Yogananda's energization exercises.

Controlling the mind through the life force is the most effective and scientific approach to the infinite – Paramhansa Yogananda

Аutobiography of a yogi'  influenced trailblazers in the field of holistic health. including Andrew Weil, groundbreaking physician of Integrative Medicine and author of eight weeks to optimum health. Joan borisenko PhD and author of numerous influential works including Minding the body Mending the mind helped pioneer mind body medicine and the relaxation effect at Harvard University.

frequently people ask me how did a scientist become interested in the spiritual path but in fact I was somebody with spiritual experience who became interested in science. I had an experience for which I had at that time no context at all. and it was an experience of cosmic


I picked up a copy of autobiography of a yogi' I read that book and it so resonated with me. I was absolutely amazed.

author of the best-selling sharing nature books Joseph Cornell, was deeply influenced by Yogananda and the autobiography of a yogi'.

I first read autobiography of a yogi' in 1975 and I was thrilled the way that Yogananda spoke about Samadhi and feeling himself as part of all creation, and he laid out a clear format on how to do that.

I wrote a book called sharing nature, that created experiences that would help people merge with a rock or a tree or with all of life.

Yogananda he called his spiritual work self-realization, because he believed that personal experience was more important than intellectual understanding.

autobiography of a yogi was dedicated to Luther Burbank. famous horticulturist and saintly friend of Yogananda.

Luther Burbank pioneered the science of hybridizing fruits nuts and Vegetables.

Nina Simone performer and activist was given autobiography of a yogi' by her father.

in tribute to Yogananda she put to music and performed his poem God, God, God.

throughout the autobiography there are numerous references to modern science and the scientific approach of yoga and meditation. in the chapter the law of miracles, Yogananda described as the intersection of the soul expanding yogic science and einstein's conceptions of light as the foundation of the universe.

close disciples of Yogananda were profoundly transformed.

I can't tell you how it happened but it was a scrap of paper on the floor and my bedroom I picked it up rotted it and toss it in the wastebasket, but I dove after it. I knew my answer was on that. I knew it and I took it out and opened it up and it said autobiography of a yogi' by Paramahansa Yogananda

I am got the book immediately and started reading it a friend of mine called and said don't

ask me how I know I can't have I don't have any explanation, but I met somebody

last night I feel I've introduced you to. do was the artist named it something like Paramhansa Yogananda

I said I’ll be down.

I'll never forget walking up those three foot flights of stairs in mount Washington to the third floor where master was staying, and I was getting more nervous as I started to climb up the stairs of this is such a big moment for me, and master opened the door and he just held

out his arms like that gave me a big hug and I just felt that I'd come home.

Swami KriyaNanda one of Yogananda's foremost disciples, was an

author composer brilliant speaker and founded Ananda communities around the world

my desire was to find the truth, I was desperate to know the truth, I finally reached the point where I knew without God there could not be truth. I found autobiography of a yogi' and I took the next bus across the country. the first words I said to Yogananda I never imagined I would say such words to anybody, I said I want to be your disciple.

I lived with him for three and a half years, and I have to say those were the most important years of my life. Yogananda said in autobiography of a yogi' the thoughts are universally not

individually rooted. you don't create your thoughts you are an instrument for manifesting them admitting on the level of consciousness on which you live. and when that level is high then you are happy. when that level is low you are unhappy. the one thing everyone is

looking for is happiness. why, because we all want our true self. we've come from bliss, we're his creatures and we want that bliss again. God is Sat Chit Ananda ever existing ever conscious and Yogananda added ever new bliss.

His mission was simply one to bring souls to God. god bless you

Autobiography of a yogi' continues to inspire 70 years later its revolutionary spiritual teachings and it's timeless message of joy resonate as deeply today as when it was first written

Ananda wishes to thank the following people and organizations for their support:


University of South Carolina

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Dayanand Salva, Director Crystal Clarity Publishers,

Joan Borysenko PhD

Philip Goldberg

Dave Bingham

Joseph Cornel and Sharing Nature Worldwide

Golden Lotus Foundation: Footage of Bob Raymer

Santoshi Kendall and Finding Happiness

Swami Kriyananda our friend and guide

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