Autobiography of a Yogi

 
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Excerpt: ...a yogi; each night he unconsciously performs the yogic rite of releasing himself from bodily identification, and of merging the life force with healing currents in the main brain region and the six sub-dynamos of his spinal centers. The sleeper thus dips unknowingly into the reservoir of cosmic energy which sustains all life. The voluntary yogi performs a simple, natural process consciously, not unconsciously like the slow-paced sleeper. The KRIYA YOGI uses his technique to saturate and feed all his physical cells with undecaying light and keep them in a magnetized state. He scientifically makes breath unnecessary, without producing the states of subconscious sleep or unconsciousness. By KRIYA, the outgoing life force is not wasted and abused in the senses, but constrained to reunite with subtler spinal energies. By such reinforcement of life, the yogi's body and brain cells are electrified with the spiritual elixir. Thus he removes himself from studied observance of natural laws, which can only take him-by circuitous means as given by proper food, sunlight, and harmonious thoughts-to a million-year Goal. It needs twelve years of normal healthful living to effect even slight perceptible change in brain structure, and a million solar returns are exacted to sufficiently refine the cerebral tenement for manifestation of cosmic consciousness. Untying the cord of breath which binds the soul to the body, KRIYA serves to prolong life and enlarge the consciousness to infinity. The yoga method overcomes the tug of war between the mind and the matter-bound senses, and frees the devotee to reinherit his eternal kingdom. He knows his real nature is bound neither by physical encasement nor by breath, symbol of the mortal enslavement to air, to nature's elemental compulsions. Introspection, or "sitting in the silence," is an unscientific way of trying to force apart the mind and senses, tied together by the life force. The contemplative mind, attempting its...

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A must read for all age groups. I am not at all a spiritual person , even though I didn't order it myself,but my mom did. I just found this book in my home or now can say the book found me.I opened it to move some pages but happened to read it and can say that although I'm a non spiritual person, I like this book so much that I now read it again and again.It's not a book aimed at converting someone,its a really interesting book to read ,full of very exciting,interesting experiences. A must read for all age groups and cultural back grounds. --Student Dec 25, 2011

A must read,this book is outstanding... one should read it at-least once in their life time. it is a merger of science and spirituality, and explains a lot of spiritual experiences in A scientific way. those who are seekers will be benefited in their own individual growth as it is highly recommended by many spiritual masters. --Neetu Jul 3, 2014

A beautifully authored book and a timeless classic. More of an enthralling adventure rather than some faux-religious book. Doesn't enforce any particular form of worship and very secular in approach. --Dr. Aditya Dec 16, 2012

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Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India to a devout family. According to his younger brother, Sananda, from his earliest years young Mukunda's awareness and experience of the spiritual was far beyond the ordinary. In his youth he sought out many of India's Hindu sages and saints, hoping to find an illuminated teacher to guide him in his spiritual quest. Yogananda's seeking after various saints mostly ended when he met his guru, Swami Yukteswar Giri, in 1910, at the age of 17. He describes his first meeting with Yukteswar as a rekindling of a relationship that had lasted for many lifetimes

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