Comments and Reviews

Engaging, entertaining and enlightening

"Autobiography of a Yogi is justifiably celebrated as one of the most entertaining and enlightening spiritual books ever written."

— Tom Butler-Bowdon, Author,
50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment & Purpose

"The reader of our present times will seldom find such a beautiful, deep, and truthful book as Autobiography of a Yogi....Full of knowledge and rich in personal experiences...."

— La Paz, Bolivia

"In a very readable style…Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray.'"

— San Francisco Chronicle

"Sheer revelation…should help the human race to understand itself better…autobiography at its very best…breathtaking…told with delightful wit and compelling sincerity…as fascinating as any novel."

— News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana

"Among the thousands of books that are published each year, there are those that entertain, those that instruct, those that edify. A reader can consider himself fortunate if he finds one that does all three. Autobiography of a Yogi is rarer still — it is a book that opens windows of the mind and spirit."

— India Journal

Best-selling guide to the spiritual path

"Decade after decade, Autobiography of a Yogi has been one of our best-selling books. While other books come and go, it sustains because critical inquiry over time has shown that it opens the way poignantly and sublimely to spiritual fulfilment."

— Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles

"You would be hard-pressed to find anyone on the spiritual path whose life has not been influenced by this profound work of literature. It started me in a path of yoga, meditation, and self-exploration that has continued until this day."

— Jack Canfield, Co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series

"Pages that will enthral the reader, because they appeal to the aspiration and longing that slumber in the heart of every man."

— Il Tempo del Lunedì, Rome

"First published in 1946 and later expanded by the author, this is one of the more important texts in the world's spiritual literature because it conveys the essence of spiritual life."

— The Santa Fe Sun

"One of the most charmingly simple and self-revealing of life-stories…a veritable treasure-house of learning. The great personalities one meets in these pages…return to memory as friends endowed with rich spiritual wisdom, and one of the greatest of these is the God-intoxicated author himself."

— Dr. Anna von Helmholtz-Phelan, Professor of English, University of Minnesota

An insightful overview of India’s spiritual wealth

"Autobiography of a Yogi is regarded as an Upanishad of the new age....It has satisfied the spiritual thirst of hundreds of thousands of truth-seekers throughout the world. We in India have watched with wonder and fascination the phenomenal spread of the popularity of this book about India's saints and philosophy. We have felt great satisfaction and pride that the immortal nectar of India's Sanatana Dharma, the eternal laws of truth, has been stored in the golden chalice of Autobiography of a Yogi."

— Dr. Ashutosh Das, M.A., Ph.D., D.Litt., Professor, Calcutta University

"As an eyewitness recountal of the extraordinary lives and powers of modern Hindu saints, the book has an importance both timely and timeless....His unusual life document is certainly one of the most revealing…of the spiritual wealth of India ever to be published in the West."

— W. Y. Evans-Wentz, M.A., D.Litt., D.Sc., Renowned scholar and author of many books on Eastern religion

"Whether Yogananda talks about deathless saints and miraculous healings or whether he transmits Indian wisdom and yoga science, the reader is enthralled."

— Die Weltwoche, Zurich, Switzerland

The spiritual core of all religions

"At last, a non-contradictory and intuitively satisfying picture of the universe, from worlds whirling in space to the slightest detail of human life."

— Runner's World

"In [Yogananda's] celebrated Autobiography of a Yogi, he offers a stunning account of the 'cosmic consciousness' reached on the upper levels of yogic practice, and numerous interesting perspectives on human nature from the yogic and Vedantic points of view."

— Robert S. Ellwood, Ph.D., Chairman, School of Religion, University of Southern California

"There exist few parallels for the Autobiography's sheer authenticity, guaranteed to penetrate you regardless of your religious beliefs."

— Branches

Press reviews

As part of our commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, we invite you to celebrate the book’s enduring appeal by sharing your personal recollections of the book’s impact on your own life.

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