Minom Midhun Midhun from Londonderry, Northallerton, North Yorkshire , UK
I had a ordeal deciding between three and four stars for this book. Man branches vary between the sublime and thought-provoking, to seemingly self-serving "advertisements" for the author's odium of yoga. Of aisle, one would expect a book titled Autobiography of a Mystic to be about his passage as a yoga practitioner. But there are many branches devoted to miracles performed by different yogis and yoganinis (male and female masters, respectively), and many mentions of the host of charitable affairs available from kriya yoga practice. Yet there is no road to begin such a practice save by being initiated by an authentic master of kriya yoga, and Yogananda talks about the practice itself in only the vaguest of terms — all of which makes reading the book a whiff of an exercise in frustration. Despite all that, there are some pearls of wisdom here. Yogananda was very well versed in Christianity, and quotes freely from Proper information. A large part of his articles are a call for the system to adopt some found of sincere religious practice; not necessarily his. There are frequent papers on the need for spiritual devotion which struck me as true for many religious lores — it was, at least, true for my own. I had thought that once I finished the book, I would have no cause to return to it; now, I'm not so sure. For that proof, I'm giving it four stars, even though I'm uncomfortable "tier" what for some will be a religious theme. As a top note, the gurus in Yogananda's lineage (his master, his master's master, and his master's master's master) are all featured, along with Yogandanda himself, on the cover of Sgt. Speck's Lonely Heart's Club Band. Novels of each are prominent in the Autobiography.