Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda Original 1946 Edition
Introduction By The Reluctant Messenger
The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda is one of the most uplifting books I have ever read. It changed my life because it inspired me to desire a close and intimate relationship with God. Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography altered my whole approach to God and spirituality.
One of the thoughts that kept repeating in my mind over and over was, "If this book is true then I have to reconsider my whole outlook on other religions."
The life and teachings of Yogananda inspired me to begin meditating and to investigate the teachings of other Eastern Masters such as Buddha and Patanjali.
For those not familiar with the Reluctant Messenger website, it is a fictionalized version of my own spiritual journey. One of the characters is a "Master" who teaches a cynical scientist about God. The Master in the story is modeled after Paramahansa Yogananda and the teachings on the website about meditation are founded on the basics taught by him.
It is with great pleasure that I make the original 1946 version of the Autobiography of a Yogi available on this website. May God bless you as you read its inspiring and wonderful message.
Note: The 1946 version is in the public domain. There are many who attest that Yogi's vibrations are in the very words and that the subsequent editions since his death are not as "accurate" and as a result the "vibrations" are more muted. When I first read the Autobiography it was the latest edition available at Barnes and Noble and its was like a super charged spiritual meal. If, as some say, the orginal version is even more "charged" then you are in for a treat. Both versions can be ordered on Amazon. I gave away my copy to an individual who was sick, unemployed, lonely, depressed and her life was going nowhere. Within 9 weeks of receiving the book and beginning her own regimen of prayer and meditation, her life greatly improved. She is no longer depressed and she has met and married a man that makes her very happy and cares for her in every way. I can't guarantee that you will experience that type of personal transformation but I do believe that it is impossible to read this book without being affected in a positive way!