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Deluxe Edition Of Autobiography Of A Yogi Coming In October

Sep 02, 2021 06:00AM ● By Staff

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. To celebrate, the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), the spiritual organization founded by Yogananda, will issue a deluxe edition of the book in October.

With several million copies in print and having been translated into more than 50 languages, Autobiography made HarperCollins’ list of 100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century.

In the book, Yogananda, who is widely recognized as playing a major—if not the primary—role in introducing the science of yoga to the West, writes of his search for a guru, his 10 years of training with his master, and his 30 years in America; it was on a stretch of a Los Angeles beach that he founded SRF. He also shares many stories of his encounters with spiritual masters, including Mahatma Gandhi and the Catholic stigmatic Therese Neumann.

Says Lauren Landress, SRF’s director of public affairs, “The book also provides clear, scientific explanation of the subtle but definite laws by which yogis perform miracles and attain self-mastery.”

According to Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs, Jobs first read Autobiography as a teenager and later would re-read the book every year. Autobiography was given to everyone who attended Jobs’ memorial service.

Also, famously, the four gurus of kriya yoga, including Yogananda, are featured on the cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. ❧

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