A good book does not need to be endorsed. It speaks for itself, but if a cricketer like Virat Kohli praises it and calls it the reason behind his success then it has to be an exceptional book. Recently, he shared that the book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Indian yogi Paramahansa Yogananada has been the reason behind a lot of improvements in his life.
First published in 1946, the book paints a picture of the life of yogi and guru Paramahansa Yogananda in a beautiful way. It traces the various phases of his life from childhood spent in a Bengali family to finding his guru, Yukteshwar Giri, to the author’s journey in becoming a monk. It also gives an insight into the days of his life when he was preaching the teachings of Kriya Yoga meditation, the days he spent in the United States of America establishing his teachings among the the masses there, and his encounters with influential leaders of east and west like Mahatma Gandhi, Anandamayi Maa, Rabindranath Tagore, C.V Raman, Therese Neumann etc.
Not only does the book talk about yoga, it covers topics like self realization and the spiritual teachings of the east as well. It was one of the first books to introduce the western masses to the mystic world of yoga and meditation.
By giving such deep information about the eastern spirituality the book transformed the lives of millions of people. It has weaved its magic on personalities like Steve Jobs, actress Mariel Hemingway, and George Harrison among many others. In fact, it was after reading this book that George Harrison ,the lead guitarist of The Beatles, fell in love with India and the vedic culture. Apart form being read by celebrities it has been included in the curriculum of various educational institutions.
It has been translated in forty five languages A panel of theologians and luminaries convened by HarperCollins publishers designated it as one of the “100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century”.
So this book has to be in every reader’s list. A copy of the book can be grabbed from JustBooks. People in the west and east love it alike. Till date it has sold more than four million copies and with its intriguing content that holds the capability of transforming lives it continues to impact millions across the world.