I don’t know if I have ever read a book more important to my life then Autobiography of a Yogi. But then again, you’ve probably heard the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will come,” and I have been blest to be a student of Paramhansa Yogananda now for over 40 years, beginning with my first reading of the Autobiography when in my early 20’s.
Lately, as I began to reread the AY for the umpteenth time, it amazed me how many important teachings were in even the most simplest of sentences and how, for some, many of those priceless teachings have probably been overlooked. For example, even in the first chapter, entitled simply, My Parents and Early Life, we find the following subjects discussed: the sound of Aum, divine healing and intervention, evenmindedness, the guru-disciple relationship, experiences of infancy, the 108 names of God, reincarnation, an explanation of Spirit, superconsciousness, and examples of the use of will power and affirmation. And yes, we do also find out about his name, when he was born, about his parents and family, but oh, so much more.
Thus, in this effort, I’ve decided to cull out those precious sentences to share with my readers, and to make them perhaps more effective, by placing them in subject categories. For my source, I’m using a reprint of the Philosophical Library 1946 first edition, as published by Crystal Clarity.
May you find this work as wonderful and inspiring as I have. Enjoy.