This book, which introduced many westerners to meditation and yoga, describes Paramhansa Yogananda’s search for a guru, and his encounters with leading spiritual figures, blended with priceless superphysical information needed to balance the Western material efficiency with Eastern spiritual efficiency.
Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramhansa Yogananda
Original First Edition, Copyright 1946,
First Online Edition
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Through this online version, we hope to make Yogananda’s spiritual classic freely available to
seekers throughout the world. The print version of the 1946 Autobiography is available direct from Crystal Clarity Publishers through secure
online ordering. We hope you enjoy this free gift of the first online edition.
Ananda was founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of
Yogananda. Kriyananda was inspired by his guru to start ‘World Brotherhood Colonies’.
Ananda, and its sister colonies throughout the world, are the fulfillment of Yogananda’s
dream. See Chapter 48, in this 1946 edition, to read Yogananda’s own words on World
Autobiography of a Yogi is not an ordinary book. It is a spiritual
treasure. To read its message of hope to all truthseekers is to begin a great adventure.
This is a verbatim reproduction of the original 1946 edition, complete with the original
photos, many of them not seen since earlier editions. Although subsequent printings, reflecting
revisions made after the Yogananda’s death in 1952, have sold over a million copies and have
been translated into more than 19 languages, the few thousand of the original have long since
disappeared into the hands of collectors.
Now, with this online version, the 1946 edition is widely available, with all its inherent
power, just as Yogananda first presented it.
Notes on Using the Online Autobiography of a Yogi, by
You can begin by going straight to Chapter 1, or finding your favorite chapter in the Table of
Contents. All the photos are linked from the List of Illustrations, or you can link to the
photos from each chapter, where they appeared in the 1946 edition.
All the original footnotes appear in this first online edition. Just click on the linked number
of the footnote as it appears in the text.
Publishers Notes, from Crystal Clarity Publishers, gives information about this edition of the
Autobiography of a Yogi, along with frequently asked questions about this great book.
How is Ananda able to publish the Online Autobiography of a Yogi? See
article on Self-Realization Fellowship*
lawsuits against Ananda.
*CBPP Note: This should mean the ability to Publish, though I have yet to ask either body if I may.
The Court ruled that Self-Realization Fellowship did not own the copyrights for certain books Yogananda
published before his passing. Based on this decision, Ananda was able to publish the first edition of
Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi.
Ananda was founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda
(J. Donald Walters), a direct disciple of Yogananda, and is dedicated to sharing the
teachings of Yogananda worldwide.