This book, which introduced many westerners to meditation and yoga, describes Paramhansa Yogananda's search for a guru, and his encounters with leading spiritual figures, blended with priceless superphysical information needed to balance the Western material efficiency with Eastern spiritual efficiency.
Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramhansa Yogananda
Original First Edition, Copyright 1946,
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Ananda was founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of
Yogananda. Kriyananda was inspired by his guru to start 'World Brotherhood Colonies'.
Ananda, and its sister colonies throughout the world, are the fulfillment of Yogananda's
dream. See Chapter 48, in this 1946 edition, to read Yogananda's own words on World
Autobiography of a Yogi is not an ordinary book. It is a spiritual
treasure. To read its message of hope to all truthseekers is to begin a great adventure.
This is a verbatim reproduction of the original 1946 edition, complete with the original
photos, many of them not seen since earlier editions. Although subsequent printings, reflecting
revisions made after the Yogananda's death in 1952, have sold over a million copies and have
been translated into more than 19 languages, the few thousand of the original have long since
disappeared into the hands of collectors.
Now, with this online version, the 1946 edition is widely available, with all its inherent
power, just as Yogananda first presented it.
Notes on Using the Online Autobiography of a Yogi, by
You can begin by going straight to Chapter 1, or finding your favorite chapter in the Table of
Contents. All the photos are linked from the List of Illustrations, or you can link to the
photos from each chapter, where they appeared in the 1946 edition.
All the original footnotes appear in this first online edition. Just click on the linked number
of the footnote as it appears in the text.
Publishers Notes, from Crystal Clarity Publishers, gives information about this edition of the
Autobiography of a Yogi, along with frequently asked questions about this great book.
How is Ananda able to publish the Online Autobiography of a Yogi? See
article on Self-Realization Fellowship*
lawsuits against Ananda.
*CBPP Note: This should mean the ability to Publish, though I have yet to ask either body if I may.
The Court ruled that Self-Realization Fellowship did not own the copyrights for certain books Yogananda
published before his passing. Based on this decision, Ananda was able to publish the first edition of
Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi.
Ananda was founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda
(J. Donald Walters), a direct disciple of Yogananda, and is dedicated to sharing the
teachings of Yogananda worldwide.
Chapter1 - My Parents and Early Life
Chapter2 - My Mother's Death and the Mystic Amulet
Chapter3 - The Saint With Two Bodies
Chapter4 - My Interrupted Flight Toward the Himalayas
Chapter5 - A "Perfume Saint" Displays His Wonders
Chapter6 - The Tiger Swami
Chapter7 - The Levitating Saint
Chapter8 - India's Great Scientist, J.C. Bose
Chapter9 - The Blissful Devotee and His Cosmic Romance
Chapter10 - I Meet My Master, Sri Yukteswar
Chapter11 - Two Penniless Boys in Brindaban
Chapter12 - Years in My Master's Hermitage
Chapter13 - The Sleepless Saint
Chapter14 - An Experience in Cosmic Consciousness
Chapter15 - The Cauliflower Robbery
Chapter16 - Outwitting the Stars
Chapter17 - Sasi and the Three Sapphires
Chapter18 - A Mohammedan Wonder-Worker
Chapter19 - My Master, in Calcutta, Appears in Serampore
Chapter20 - We Do Not Visit Kashmir
Chapter21 - We Visit Kashmir
Chapter22 - The Heart of a Stone Image
Chapter23 - I Receive My University Degree
Chapter24 - I Become a Monk of the Swami Order
Chapter25 - Brother Ananta and Sister Nalini
Chapter26 - The Science of Kriya Yoga
Chapter27 - Founding a Yoga School in Ranchi
Chapter28 - Kashi, Reborn and Rediscovered
Chapter29 - Rabindranath Tagore and I Compare Schools
Chapter30 - The Law of Miracles
Chapter31 - An Interview with the Sacred Mother
Chapter32 - Rama is Raised From the Dead
Chapter33 - Babaji, the Yogi-Christ of Modern India
Chapter34 - Materializing a Palace in the Himalaya
Chapter35 - The Christlike Life of Lahiri Mahasaya
Chapter36 - Babaji's Interest in the West
Chapter37 - I Go to America
Chapter38 - Luther Burbank -- A Saint Amidst the Roses
Chapter39 - Therese Neumann, the Catholic Stigmatist
Chapter40 - I Return to India
Chapter41 - An Idyll in South India
Chapter42 - Last Days With My Guru
Chapter43 - The Resurrection of Sri Yukteswar
Chapter44 - With Mahatma Gandhi in Wardha
Chapter45 - The Bengali "Joy-Permeated" Mother
Chapter46 - The Woman Yogi Who Never Eats
Chapter47 - I Return to the West
Chapter48 - At Encinitas in California
Chapter49 - The Years - 1940 - 1951