Paramahansa Yogananda narrates the inspiration of his life — the experiences of his remarkable childhood and encounters with many saints and sages during his youth. It is beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the science and philosophy of yoga meditation. Considered a modern spiritual classic, the book has been translated into 21 languages and is widely used as a text and reference work in colleges and universities.
Born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, on January 5, 1893, Paramahansa Yogananda was initiated into sannyas by his guru Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri. He initiated thousands of sincere seekers in the science of Kriya Yoga. He sought to awaken in all a greater understanding of the harmony underlying all true religions and the one goal they all share – God-realization. Yogananda entered mahasamadhi on March 7, 1952 in Los Angeles.