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For people who believe in god
12 May 2019
Apparently, this was one of the favorite books of Steve Jobs. This book is not for atheists. If you believe in god, reincarnations and miracles, then this book is for you. Almost every other page contains a story of a yogi performing some super human act. For example, there is a story about a woman Yogi, who has not eaten for over 50 years and survives by absorbing energy from sunlight and air. Yogananda recounts many of such mystic experiences from his childhood, till the time he
establishes his ashram USA.
Yogananda says if you pray to god with full devotion, god will help you. He recounts many of his own experiences, when he met with a desperate situation and how praying to god helped him. He also talks about the Hindu philosophy of soul being deathless and reincarnation.
Many of the chapters are fascinating reads. But, some of the chapters need lots of effort to read and comprehend.
Overall, If you are a spiritual person and believe in god, then this book reinforces your belief. But, if you are a non believer, then you may find it difficult to believe many of the events described in this book.