Autobiography of a Yogi is not an ordinary book. It is a spiritual treasure. To read its message of hope to all truth seekers 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 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.
The following is reprinted from the inside front flap of the original 1946 first-edition dust jacket:
“This is the first time that an authentic Hindu yogi has written his life story for a Western audience. Describing in vivid detail his many years of spiritual training under a Christlike master – Sri Yukteswar of Serampore, Bengal – Yogananda has here revealed a fascinating and little-known phase of modern India. The subtle but definite laws by which yogis perform miracles and attain complete self-mastery are explained with scientific clarity.
There are colorful chapters on the author’s visits to Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Jagadish Chandra Bose, and Rabindranath Tagore. The section dealing with Yogananda’s Western experiences includes a chapter on his great friend, Luther Burbank, and an account of the author’s pilgrimage to Bavaria in 1035 to meet Therese Neumann, the amazing Catholic stigmatist.
After establishing a high school with yoga training at Ranchi, India, Yogananda came to America in 1920 as the Indian delegate to the International Congress of Religious Liberals. He has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, and is the founder of a Yoga Institute at Encinitas, California.
Yogananda is a graduate of Calcutta University; he writes not only with unforgettable sincerity but with an incisive wit.