Technically it’s a book, but in reality it is more like a portal to a WHOLE NEW WORLD.
Well, to say it’s a portal to a whole new world doesn’t even cut it.
It is the gateway to the entire universe.
It’s a gateway to what’s both within and BEYOND the universe.
Ah, who are we kidding?
Autobiography of a Yogi is a gateway to God Himself, and to the realization that God is within you and has been all along.
Behold Autobiography of a Yogi, One of the Greatest Spiritual Classics of All Time
As the title states, Autobiography of a Yogi is, well, an autobiography of a yogi.
But this is not just any yogi.
This autobiography is about a very unique, powerful, and famous yogi by the spiritual title of Paramahansa Yogananda.
It is the story of Master Yogananda’s life from his childhood to his meeting with his Guru and his initiation into Kriya Yoga, all the way through his life and teachings, culminating in his passing in America in 1952.
And it is unlike any book you’ll ever come across in your life.
It is not just the story of Paramahansa Yogananda and his mission to realize God in his own life and then to show others how to do the same in the east AND the west.
It is somehow an initiation in and of itself into the spiritual world.
And I know many religious and spiritual paths claim this and have for thousands of years.
But Autobiography of a Yogi is an extremely direct and powerful gateway into REAL spirituality.
While all spiritual paths lead one to God in the end, there are certain paths that I refer to as HIGH OCTANE spirituality.
Autobiography of a Yogi, like the ancient science of Kriya Yoga itself, is NO JOKE.
It Begins in Gorakhpur (Now Uttar Pradesh) India on January 5th, 1893
On this day the one who would become known the world over as Paramahansa Yogananda was born.
Of course Paramahansa Yogananda was his spiritual name given to him by his spiritual guru Swami Sri Yukteswar years later.
His birth name was Mukunda Lal Ghosh.
He was born into a family of the Kshatriya caste (the second highest caste in India) to two parents who were both materially and spiritually blessed with abundance.
Master Yogananda’s parents were both disciples of the revered sage, Lahiri Mahasaya, whom Yogananda would come to meet later.
However, Master Lahiri Baba was not to be Yogananda’s guru.
Yogananda would come across many saints and sages in his quest for a realized master to guide him in his spiritual quest, but he wouldn’t meet his own guru until he was 17 years old.
Master Yogananda’s guru was the revered Kriya Yogi, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri.
Master Yogananda Meets His Guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar
There are no other words that can do justice to the meeting of Paramahansa Yogananda and his guru Swami Sri Yukteswar.
Thus, here follows a quote from the book:
“Retracing my steps as though wing-shod, I reached the narrow lane. My quick glance revealed the quiet figure, steadily gazing in my direction. A few eager steps and I was at his feet.
“Gurudeva!”7 The divine face was none other than he of my thousand visions. These halcyon eyes, in leonine head with pointed beard and flowing locks, had oft peered through gloom of my nocturnal reveries, holding a promise I had not fully understood.
“O my own, you have come to me!” My guru uttered the words again and again in Bengali, his voice tremulous with joy. “How many years I have waited for you!”
We entered a oneness of silence; words seemed the rankest superfluities. Eloquence flowed in soundless chant from heart of master to disciple. With an antenna of irrefragable insight I sensed that my guru knew God, and would lead me to Him. The obscuration of this life disappeared in a fragile dawn of prenatal memories. Dramatic time! Past, present, and future are its cycling scenes. This was not the first sun to find me at these holy feet!”
As you can see, the flow of the words through the pages of this book are nothing short of breath taking, and possess themselves a mysterious magnetism.
From this moment on, Master Yogananda would follow his Guruji 100% and spend as much time with him as he could at the ashram to meditate and be in the direct presence of a sage.
Although Master Yogananda was not fond of school and was thus not the best student because of his spiritual pursuits, his master gave him the instruction to continue his studies after what is equivalent to high school in India, and to continue on to get a university degree:
“My first request, then, is that you return home to your family. I want you to enter college in Calcutta. Your education should be continued.”
“Very well, sir.” I hid my consternation. Would importunate books pursue me down the years? First Father, now Sri Yukteswar!”
The truth is, Master Yogananda had a divine destiny to bring the Kriya Yoga science to the west for the first time, and thereby to allow all men and women the opportunity to experience God within the temple of their own souls.
By acquiring a university degree, Master Yogananda’s credibility would be looked upon more favorably by those in the western world listening to wisdom from a strange Indian monk!
The Science of Kriya Yoga
The truth is, Autobiography of a Yogi, Master Yogananda’s mission in life, as well as the mission of his lineage of Guru’s, is all about Kriya Yoga.
Kriya Yoga is an ancient science that was lost to humanity in large part during the dark ages of our history.
It is said by Master Yogananda and the masters of the Kriya Yoga lineage to be the fastest path to God Realization.
Kriya Yoga is said to be the pinnacle of the yogic science and the most direct route to God.
This science, though lost to the masses during the dark ages, was generally reserved for the most devout monks who had given everything up in search for God.
However, Kriya was brought back to the world in 1861 at the behest of Jesus Christ Himself to the immortal avatar Babaji Maharaj, that this ancient science be given to the world at large so that men and women may know of the God within.
It was given to Babaji’s disciple Lahiri Mahasaya, to spread through India.
And it was Master Yogananda’s destiny to bring this to the science to the western world.
We will not go into the intricacies of the Kriya Yoga science here, as there is too much to divulge for one, and the science must be learned from a realized sage or qualified Yogacharya directly for two.
However, suffice it to say that this Kriya Yoga science is said to be the airplane route to experiencing God within oneself and everywhere.
It allows one to withdraw one’s pranic energy consciously and to direct it inward, thereby illuminating the divinity within.
The devotee who practices this science will be able to experience intense peace, joy, and bliss in a relatively short period of time.
One of the key techniques of Kriya Yoga is known as Kriya pranayama.
This method allows one to consciously direct pranic energy around the spine to the chakras, and to thereby accelerate one’s spiritual evolution at an astonishing pace.
In fact, one cycle of Kriya pranayama around the spine is said to be the equivalent of one solar year of spiritual evolution.
To learn more about this science itself, be sure to read Autobiography of a Yogi, and then if your interest persists you may reach out to certain organizations who are authorized to initiate one into Kriya Yoga.
My lineage of Gurus, of which Master Yogananda is a direct part, is call Kriya Yoga Institute and it can be found at this site.
Initiations are done around the world on a continual basis.
I have practiced this yogic science myself for many years, and I can say in full confidence that it is beyond words as far as how powerful it is in bringing one in tune with one’s inner self.
I couldn’t recommend this science more.
So this science was given to Master Yogananda to take to the western world, and this he did in the year 1920.
Master Yogananda Goes to the West
Not knowing much English and being an Indian Swami not knowing anyone in the western world, Master Yogananda departed for the west in 1920.
Here he would travel throughout the America’s and Europe to spread this yogic science far and wide.
Master Yogananda would leave his physical form in 1952, so as you can imagine not only was he busy spreading yoga to the west in a time where yoga and meditation was quite literally foreign, Master Yogananda did this during the time of World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II.
How incredible is that?
He was like a real life super hero spreading this powerful light to the world virtually on his own.
Over the years Master Yogananda gained quite a following, including many devout disciples.
He would ultimately come to found an organization called Self Realization Fellowship, whose headquarters is in Los Angeles.
During this time he brought much illumination and practical wisdom and advice to so many people all over the world.
Not only did he pen Autobiography of a Yogi, but he wrote many other books in his time here.
These included incredible translations and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita as well as the Four Gospels in the Bible.
Those works are quite incredible as well.
As stated above, Master Yogananda left his physical form on March 7th, 1952.
But Kriya Yoga would continue to spread to people all over the world.
In many ways, Yogananda’s journey to bring this ancient science to the west was just the beginning.
Summing it Up
Autobiography of a Yogi is not only one of the greatest spiritual classics of all time, it is actually in the top 100 best classic pieces of literature as well.
This is a very special book, the likes of which have actually brought many people to the science of Kriya Yoga, including myself.
This book not only illuminates the life story of this most revered sage, and one of the most important figures in our history (though not widely known in a public capacity), it illuminates so much more.
It illuminates what true spirituality really is and it puts everything into perspective as far as the various faiths go in the east and in the west and what they really mean.
But it doesn’t just illuminate what spirituality really is conceptually, it is the key by which one can come to understand and experience the underlying thread between all religions.
And when practiced, it will illuminate your heart and mind undoubtedly and yield joy and bliss far beyond anything you can possibly imagine, or even experience in this world.
Interestingly, Master Yogananda prophesied that when it’s all said and done, Kriya Yoga will illuminate the souls of millions and bring them to God.
But don’t take my word or the words of this post for it.
Please read this book for yourself and take a journey that will very much take you to the farthest reaches of truth and light if you so desire.
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