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He was called “the 20th century’s first superstar guru” (Los Angeles Times), and today, nearly a century after his arrival in the United States, Paramahansa Yogananda is still one of the best known and beloved of all the Indian spiritual teachers who have come to the West. Finally, the authoritative biography he deserves has been written.
Yogananda, considered by many to be the father of modern yoga, has an unsurpassed global impact, thanks to the durability of his teachings, the institutions he created and inspired, and particularly because of his iconic memoir, Autobiography of a Yogi. Since its publication in 1946, the book has sold millions of copies and changed millions of lives. But it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Much of Yogananda’s seminal text is devoted to tales about other people, it largely overlooks the three vital decades he spent living, working, and teaching in America. Huge chunks of his life—challenges, controversies, and crises; triumphs, relationships, and formative experiences—remain unknown to even his most ardent devotees. In The Life of Yogananda, scholar and teacher Philip Goldberg fills in the gaps.
Charting a journey that spans two hemispheres, two world wars, and unprecedented social changes, the book becomes a complete and compelling account of Yogananda’s remarkable life in all its detail, nuance, and complexities
“As a highly practical guru, Yogananda would, I believe, want any book about him to not only inform but transform,” Goldberg writes. “It is my hope that readers will be enriched, expanded, and deepened by this humble account of his life.” That is sure to be the case for both Yogananda enthusiasts and those who are discovering him for the first time in this captivating biography.
An Evening Lecture and Book Signing
Friday, June 8, 2018, 7:00 pm
Members $27/ Nonmembers $32 – Price includes a copy of
The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru
Phil Goldberg Phil Goldberg
New York Open Center
Philip Goldberg grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in Los Angeles. A professional writer for more than 40 years, he is author or co-author of some 25 books published in more than a dozen languages. He is also a skilled public speaker, a workshop leader, a spiritual counselor, and the co-host of the popular podcast Spirit Matters. He blogs at Huffington Post and Spirituality & Health, and contributes to other publications. His most recent book prior to this one—American Veda—chronicles the impact of India’s spiritual teachings on the West; it was named by Huffington Post and Library Journal as one of the top 10 Religion books of 2010. He is the author of The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru.
Phil Goldberg Phil Goldberg