Born in 1893 to an Indian family the book charts Yogananda’s path of spiritual discovery through Yoga as a boy, teen and young man, and then how it obeyed his Guru’s call and took the message of Yoga to America and Europe – not the first yogi to visit those shores, but one of the earliest exponents.
A lot of the book is taken up with his early life – various teachers and studies, the rebellion of youth over academic study versus spiritual study, finding his Guru and learning – literally at his feet.
The recollections in this book are a mile away from our modern postural based Hatha Yoga, but share that common route of focus, devotion and perseverance in pursuit of something higher in our lives.
A very human side to Yogananda comes across in the book: sometimes doubting, sometimes rebelling, always learning. One thing I particularly enjoyed was the weaving of both Hindi and Christian influences into the writing.
A recommended book for those looking to understand a bit more about the wider influences of yoga.