Autobiography of a Yogi

TitleAutobiography of a Yogi
AuthorParamahansa Yogananda
PublisherSelf-Realization Fellowship
Publication date1946 (first edition)
Pages520 (paperback edition)
LC ClassBP605.Y6 A3

Early Life and Spiritual Quest

Paramahansa Yogananda was born in 1893 in Gorakhpur, India. From a young age, he displayed a keen interest in spirituality and spent much of his time meditating and seeking guidance from holy men.

Training with Sri Yukteswar Giri

Yogananda’s spiritual quest led him to join the monastic order of the Self-Realization Fellowship, where he trained under his guru, Sri Yukteswar Giri. Sri Yukteswar taught Yogananda the ancient teachings of Kriya Yoga and the path to Self-Realization.

Spreading the Teachings of Kriya Yoga

After completing his training, Yogananda began his mission to spread the teachings of Kriya Yoga and Self-Realization. He traveled extensively in India, giving lectures and establishing centers for spiritual seekers.

Journey to America

In 1920, Yogananda was invited to speak at the International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston, which marked the beginning of his work in America. Despite many challenges, he established a thriving community of devotees and authored several books, including “Autobiography of a Yogi.”

Legacy and Influence

Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings emphasize the unity of all religions and the importance of self-realization through meditation and spiritual practice. He passed away in 1952, but his teachings continue to influence spiritual seekers and yoga enthusiasts worldwide.