Through this online version, we hope to make Yogananda's spiritual classic freely available to
seekers throughout the world. The print version of the 1946 "Autobiography" is available
direct from Crystal Clarity Publishers through secure online ordering (see link above). We
hope you enjoy this free gift of the first online edition.
Ananda was founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda. Kriyananda was
inspired by his guru to start 'World Brotherhood Colonies'. Ananda, and its sister colonies
throughout the world, are the fulfillment of
Yogananda's dream. See Chapter 48, in this
1946 edition, to read Yogananda's own words
on World Brotherhood Colonies.
"Autobiography of a Yogi" is not an ordinary
book. It is a spiritual treasure. To read its
message of hope to all truthseekers is to begin a
This is a verbatim reproduction of the original
1946 edition, complete with the original photos,
many of them not seen in later editions. Subsequent printings, which contain revisions made
after the author's death in 1952, have sold over a million copies worldwide. The few thousand
of the original printings, however, have long since disappeared into the hands of collectors.
You can begin by going straight to Chapter 1, or finding your favorite chapter in the Table of Contents. All the photos are linked from the List of Illustrations, or you can link to the photos from each chapter, where they appeared in the 1946 edition.
Paramhansa Yogananda was the first yoga master of India whose mission it was to
permanently live and teach in the West. In the 1920's, as he criss-crossed the United States on
what he called his "spiritual campaigns," his enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls in
His initial impact was truly impressive. But his lasting influence is greater still. This single volume, Autobiography of a Yogi, first published in 1946, helped launch, and continues to inspire, a spiritual revolution in the West.
Only rarely does a sage of Paramhansa Yogananda's stature write a firsthand account of his
life experiences. Childhood revelations, his visits to saints and masters of India, the years of
training he received in the ashram of his guru, and long-secret teachings of Self-Realization
are all made available to the Western reader. Followers of many religious traditions have
come to recognize Autobiography of a Yogi as a masterpiece of spiritual literature. Yet for all
its depth, it is full of gentle humor, lively stories, and practical common sense.
This online edition is identical to the text of the first edition, published in 1946, by
Philosophical Library in New York City. This volume also contains reproductions of the
photographs from the original edition.
Although Yogananda himself participated in preparing both the second and third editions of
the Autobiography of a Yogi, correcting spelling and grammatical errors and addressing
questions raised by his readers, there is a unique power to the original that we feel is
particularly worth preserving. In order to be faithful to the original edition, we have not
corrected errors of spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Editions past the third have been
prepared since the author's passing in 1952. In 1953, Self-Realization Fellowship, the
organization founded by Paramhansa Yogananda in Los Angeles, California, acquired the
rights to Autobiography of a Yogi from Philosophical Library; it has been the publisher of all
subsequent editions, until the reprint of the first edition by Crystal Clarity Publishers in 1993.
If you find this book inspiring and would like to learn more of the life and teachings of
Paramhansa Yogananda, Crystal Clarity has many resources to share with you. For more
information, visit the Crystal Clarity website, or write Crystal Clarity, Publishers, 14618 Tyler
Foote Rd., Nevada City, California, 95959, 1-800-424-1055.
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