I have started reading a book last year. I have completed only a part of it and there’s still a long way to go. I have heard about it from couple of people but the thought of reading the book never crossed my mind until last year. The moment I had the thought, I picked up the Telugu book that I had been seeing in the bookshelf at home for ages. I tried reading it but I realised that I wouldn’t be able to complete reading a book of that writing style. And then I googled and found that I was trying to read a translated version of “Autobiography of a Yogi”.
The book has been originally written in English and has been translated into over fifty languages and the book has been in print for over 70 years. This is such an old book and is still being read and appreciated and recommended by so many people. Only when I picked up the English version and started reading it, I realised what a wonderful book it was !
I understood some parts of the book, I loved some parts, I had goosebumps while reading some parts, I was awestruck reading some parts, I didn’t understand completely some parts, I couldn’t grasp some parts but one thing I can say for sure is that I loved the book. And I feel so glad that I picked up this book for reading at least now , if not earlier.
The vocabulary and writing style of the book is so amazing that I was overwhelmed by it. The way spirituality and science are intertwined in this book is so beautiful. The narrations and experiences of the author are so intense that goosebumps are inevitable. The way different dots are connected in an unimaginable manner makes one feel wonderstruck. India and it’s rich knowledge has been portrayed in such a way that all the respect I have towards India have been amplified multi fold.
With each chapter I read, I felt the itch to understand it more clearly, to grasp it more completely, to experience it and to absorb it. Reading some parts of the book, I felt like traveling to those places to see them in real. I felt like learning more and more about each of the wonderful personalities that were listed as part of various experiences of the author.
If reading just a part of the book can make me fall in love with the book to such an extent, I wonder how I would feel when I finish the book. And if I get a chance to read it one more time and I get to understand it better, it would be even more awesome.
Some excerpts of the book are listed down here. I could go on and on about the book but it would still be minuscule when compared to the real treasure that the book holds. I would recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t yet read it and is willing to read it. The book is giving me a whole new perspective of everything and I am blissfully absorbing each and every bit that it’s offering me !!!!
“Look fear in the face and it will cease to trouble you.”
“Thought is a force, even as electricity or gravitation. The human mind is a spark of the almighty consciousness of God. I could show you that whatever your powerful mind believes very intensely would instantly come to pass.”
“Imagination is the door through which disease as well as healing enters. Disbelieve in the reality of sickness even when you are ill; an unrecognized visitor will flee!”
“Intuition 100 is soul guidance, appearing naturally in man during those instants when his mind is calm. Nearly everyone has had the experience of an inexplicably correct “hunch,” or has transferred his thoughts effectively to another person.The human mind, free from the static of restlessness, can perform through its antenna of intuition all the functions of complicated radio mechanisms—sending and receiving thoughts, and tuning out undesirable ones. As the power of a radio depends on the amount of electrical current it can utilize, so the human radio is energized according to the power of will possessed by each individual.All thoughts vibrate eternally in the cosmos. By deep concentration, a master is able to detect the thoughts of any mind, living or dead. Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but only perceived. The erroneous thoughts of man result from imperfections in his discernment. The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may mirror the divine vision in the universe.”
“The Hindu scriptures teach that the first duty of man is to keep his body in good condition; otherwise his mind is unable to remain fixed in devotional concentration.”
“Anyone who practices a scientific technique of God-contact is a yogi; he may be either married or unmarried, either a worldly man or one of formal religious ties.”
“Many illustrations could be given of the mathematical relationship between man’s respiratory rate and the variations in his states of consciousness. A person whose attention is wholly engrossed, as in following some closely knit intellectual argument, or in attempting some delicate or difficult physical feat, automatically breathes very slowly. Fixity of attention depends on slow breathing; quick or uneven breaths are an inevitable accompaniment of harmful emotional states: fear, lust, anger. The restless monkey breathes at the rate of 32 times a minute, in contrast to “man’s average of 18 times. The elephant, tortoise, snake and other animals noted for their longevity have a respiratory rate which is less than man’s. The tortoise, for instance, who may attain the age of 300 years,166 breathes only 4 times per minute.The rejuvenating effects of sleep are due to man’s temporary unawareness of body and breathing. The sleeping man becomes a yogi; each night he unconsciously performs the yogic rite of releasing himself from bodily identification, and of merging the life force with healing currents in the main brain region and the six sub-dynamos of his spinal centers. The sleeper thus dips unknowingly into the reservoir of cosmic energy which sustains all life.”
“A cinema audience can look up and see that all screen images are appearing through the instrumentality of one imageless beam of light. The colorful universal drama is similarly issuing from the single white light of a Cosmic Source. With inconceivable ingenuity God is staging an entertainment for His human children, making them actors as well as audience in His planetary theater.”