Hailed as "the father of Yoga in the West," Paramahansa Yogananda is regarded as one of the great spiritual figures of our time. Born in northern India, he came to the United States in 1920, where for more than 30 years he taught the ancient science of Kriya Yoga meditation and the art of balanced spiritual living. That same year he founded Self-Realization Fellowship, to disseminate his writings and teachings worldwide. Through his best-selling classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, and his numerous other books, he has introduced millions throughout the world to the spiritual principles of yoga meditation and the universal truths underlying all world religions.
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.
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.
“Imagine Christ, Buddha, or Krishna telling their life story in their own words. That’s what you get when you read Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi.”