Know Virat Kohli’s Yoga Inspiration

Yes, Indian Cricket Captain is known for his aggression also knows how to calm down when required. He tweets;

“I love this book. A must read for all those who are brave enough to let their thoughts and ideologies be challenged.”

Virat K

‘He is referring to a book is a famous Yoga book by an Indian Yogi Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda.

The goodreads.com profiled this book as:

This acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candor, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda narrates the inspiring chronicle of his life: the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America. Also recorded here are his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Luther Burbank, the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann, and other celebrated spiritual personalities of East and West.

Autobiography of a Yogi is at once a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. The author clearly explains the subtle but definite laws behind both the ordinary events of everyday life and the extraordinary events commonly termed miracles. His absorbing life story thus becomes the background for a penetrating and unforgettable look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence.

Considered a modern spiritual classic, the book has been translated into more than twenty languages and is widely used as a text and reference work in colleges and universities. A perennial bestseller since it was first published sixty years ago, Autobiography of a Yogi has found its way into the hearts of millions of readers around the world. 

Interesting to know is even Steve Jobs recommended this book to all.  It is believed that this was the only e-book found on Jobs’s personal iPad 2.

Here is one of the finest quotes from the book;

“You may control a mad elephant; You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra; By alchemy you may learn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito; Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk in water and live in fire; But control of the mind is better and more difficult.”

Here is a brief about the Swami who is inspiring Virat Kohli and the likes of Steve Jobs.

Paramhansa Yogananda (sometimes spelled Paramahansa Yogananda), 1893 – 1952, was the first yoga master of India to take up permanent residence in the West. Yogananda arrived in America in 1920, and proceeded to travel throughout the United States on what he called his “spiritual campaigns.”

Yogananda’s initial impact on the western culture was truly impressive. But his lasting spiritual legacy has been even greater. His Autobiography of a Yogi, first published in 1946, helped launch a spiritual revolution in the West. Translated into more than a dozen languages, it remains a best-selling spiritual classic to this day.

The lasting contribution brought by Yogananda to the West is the non-sectarian, universal spiritual path of Self-Realization.

Yogananda gave this definition to the term Self-Realization:

Self-Realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing.

As the means of attaining this exalted spiritual state Yogananda initiated his followers into the ancient technique of Kriya Yogawhich he called the “jet-airplane route to God.”

The path of Kriya Yoga, which combines the practice of advanced yogic techniques with spirituality in daily life.

This is Swami Yogananda for you. Celebrate International Yoga Day with life changing reading about Yoga and Yogis. Performing Asana and Pranayama are important but practitioners should climb the Ashtanga ladder day by day, every day.

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