Yogananda: A Biography of the Yogi Who Became America's Guru and Launched Modern Yoga
This important biography of 'the 20th century's first superstar guru' (Los Angeles Times) is long-overdue. Ninety-seven years after his arrival in the United States, and sixty-five years after his death, Paramahansa Yogananda remains the best known and most beloved of all the Indian spiritual teachers who came to the West. His influence is unsurpassed, because of the durability of his teachings and the institutions he created or inspired (more than 600 centres worldwide), and mainly because of his landmark memoir, Autobiography of a Yogi. That text has sold millions of copies since its publication in 1946, but there are huge gaps in the story it tells. Yogananda spent more than 30 of his 59 years in America, yet that period takes up less than 10 percent of his book. Huge chunks of his life - challenges, controversies, relationships, formative experiences - are unknown to even his most ardent devotees. This book fills those gaps.