Join me on Blog Talk Radio's Catch Your Spirit as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Yogananda's The Autobiography of a Yogi is considered to the The Book That Sparked a Spiritual Revolution.
A first-hand account of the life experiences of Paramhansa Yogananda, a spiritual master, this book has sold millions of copies and is beloved around the world by those interested in yoga and spirituality.
My guests today are Amy Swift from Bodhi Tree and Narayan Romano who heads Ananda LA.
Join us as we discuss this revolutionary work of literature as we look at how his words are just important today as they were 70 years ago.
Bodhi Tree and Ananda LA will host a free global celebration ofParamahansa Yogananda to mark the 70th anniversary of the original publishing of Yogananda's best-selling Autobiography of a Yogi.
The event originally aired on December 1st but is available on the Bodhi Tree website at https://visit.bodhitree.com/events/yogananda-register/
You can also download a copy of the book on the site.
The Autobiography of a Yogi is considered to the The Book That Sparked a Spiritual Revolution.
Autobiography of a Yogi has influenced people from all walks of life, from Mahatma Gandhi, Luther Burbank, Steve Jobs, George Harrison, Joseph Campbell, Andrew Weil, Joseph Cornell to cultural creatives who now shape our society. The passing of Steve Jobs in 2011 ignited renewed interest in Autobiography of a Yogi. Since Jobs discovered the book in 1970, he read it every year. It was the only book loaded on his iPad, and he had copies given to all attendees at his memorial service. Beatle George Harrison said "I read the book and it gave me goosebumps...somehow his pureness of heart just flowed out of it."
First published in 1946, Autobiography of a Yogi has sold more than 20 million copies, in 34 languages, and is among USA Today's top 100 most important spiritual books of the 20th century. Probably one of the most shared books in the world, it provides a first-hand account of the life experiences of Paramahansa Yogananda, his search for spiritual connection, and how he learned the ancient Kriya Yoga science.
Yogananda arrived in America from India in 1920 and founded the Self Realization Fellowship with a mission to help people realize joy in their daily lives. In that decade, he was one of the most sought-after speakers in the country. He met United States President Calvin Coolidge in the White House. The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Thousands being turned away from the 3,000-seat Philharmonic Auditorium...Swami Yogananda is the attraction.
Bodhi Tree, the original source of awakened living, began as a beloved Hollywood bookstore and destination for the spiritually curious in 1970. Today, Bodhi Tree has expanded to become a beautiful online destination for new and antiquarian book titles, handcrafted sacred home and ceremonial products, consciously-selected to support the thoughtful path, and publisher of transformational media journal. Continuing as a trusted resource for wisdom and inspiration, the Bodhi Tree LIVE concept space allows the community to gather in person, with recording and live streaming capabilities to viewers throughout the world. This event will be broadcast from the Bodhi Tree's new studios in Los Angeles.
Ananda is a worldwide spiritual movement based on the teachings ofYogananda founded by his disciple Swami Kriyananda. Ananda is offering Autobiography as a free audiobook or e-book on December 1st to all who sign up for the webcast.