'The book that been most inspirational and influential to me is Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. My copy is the original 1946, 50th anniversary edition. I have read it over and over again, always finding it to be a spiritual treasure trove of love, guidance and wisdom. Although Yogananda passed away a few days before I was born, in a state of ‘mahasamadhi’ - a great yogi’s final, conscious exit from his earthly body - I feel it is not only a spiritual yogi classic, but it was written just for me. It touches my heart so deeply, I feel waves of bliss and deep Soul recognition. My favourite quote about Yogananda is: when asked if, after he was gone, he would still be near in spirit, Yogananda replied, ‘To those who ‘think’ me near, I will be near.’ With love, Hazel Raven, author of The Angel Experience
Paramahansa Yogananda was the first great master of India to live in the West for an extended period. Sent by his guru to America in 1920, he was to introduce tens of thousands of students to the science of yoga and the subtle mysteries of reality. Since its first publication in 1950, `Autobiography of a Yogi' has become an undisputed classic in its field. Paramahansa Yogananda's story is interwoven with reflections on the religious and scientific foundations of both Eastern and Western culture, and with descriptions of his meetings with such spiritual leaders as Mahatma Gandhi, Babaji, Therese Neumann and Rabindranath Tagore. In his introduction to the book, W. Y. Evans Wentz says: `His life document is one of the most revealing of the depths of the Hindu mind and heart, and of the spiritual wealth of India, ever to be published in the West.'
602pp, 117mm x 190mm, illus. in b&w, Paperback, 2007 (originally published 1950)