Autobiography of a Yogi

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I wanted to read this book for a while, I think mainly because of all the hype it has been given. I mean come on this was the only book on Steve Jobs I-Pad and Beatle’s George Harrison kept stacks in his home.  Plus I had heard so much first hand about how it had helped people on their spiritual path and out look on Life, so I gave it a go.

Well it defiantly was a long hard read for me I had to put it down and walk away so many times and push myself to pick it up again and try to persevere, keeping an open mind to possibilities. All in all it took me a good part of a year to finish this book the longest I have every taken to read a book!

This has been a hard review to write as I am torn in two. I mean I feel sceptical about the miracles throughout the book but maybe that’s because am thinking with a more scientific mind having not tapped into my conscious mind! Or maybe it was not the right time for me to have read this book!.  But on the other hand the teachings made me want to abandon the dogmatic viewpoints on life, it defiantly made me understand that meditation has a higher purpose in purifying the mind and gave me the right tools to continue on the divine path of meditation.  But it also showed how Paramahansa ultimate goal was to point out how the religions of the world are all talking about the same thing by using the Vedic, Upanishadas and other Hindu Philosophical text and convincing analogies and interpretations of the Bible.

However if you don’t believe in mysticism and magic the chances are you will not like this book.  It is a book that I feel you have to read at the right time and if it is the right time for you then yes I do feel this book could change your perspective on life, bring you enlightenment, spirituality and joy.  I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Indian philosophy especially meditation.

For now this book will sit on my shelve and I know when the time is right for me the book will make its presence known once again.  Maybe then i will have a different view points and outlook!

As the name suggests this is an autobiography of a young Indian yogi named Paramahansa Yogananda.

Paramahansa Yogananda writes about his spiritual journey, which I have to say does not come from ego or judgement but from emotions such as joy and grief. It begins from his early childhood and journeys throughout encountering many a spiritual leaders in that time, including his own guru, and there upon he himself becoming a spiritual leader and bring Kirya Yoga teachings to the West.

 

 

 

 

 

Siddhartha By Hermann Hesse

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Just to make it quite clear this book is not about Prince of Kapilvastu, Siddhartha who later became Gautam Buddha.

It just happens to be about a young man also named Siddhartha was born into a Brahmin family who are regarded with high esteem.  It is a deeply personal story of one mans journey of self-discovery. A man just like every man who has his ups and downs. In order to find his true path he takes the plunge into pleasure and materialism, every one of these experiences helps him gain his way back onto his spiritual path.

This is so true of all mankind no one knows which way to turn which path will bring contentment, it’s a journey we all take, experiences bad or good they are what carves our life and makes us who we are. To embrace the world and everything in it is as special and unique.

“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” 

I found this book a beautiful easy read. I would highly recommend it to believers and non- believers, religious and non-religious people anyone on a spiritual journey or just for anyone who wants to find that something special. A journey does not happen it happens in stages.

What I learnt form this book is that you can follow many teachings or many ways to find true happiness they are but words of man not your own experience but in order to find enlightenment you must allow to follow yourself make your mistakes learn from them that is your true teaching. To find your own happiness and peace look inside you. This is not a once read book it is one I will be happily reading time and time again and I am sure I will find something new hidden within the words every time.

“When someone seeks,” said Siddhartha, “then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”