Yogananda, considered by many to be the father of modern yoga, has had an unsurpassed global impact thanks to the durability of his teachings, the institutions he created or inspired, and especially his iconic memoir, Autobiography of a Yogi.
Since its publication in 1946, that book has sold millions of copies and changed millions of lives. But it doesn't tell the whole story.
Much of Yogananda's seminal text is devoted to tales about other people and it largely overlooks the three vital decades he spent living, working and teaching in America. Huge chunks of his life - challenges, controversies and crises; triumphs, relationships and formative experiences - remain unknown to even his most ardent devotees. In this captivating biography, scholar and teacher Philip Goldberg fills the gaps, charting a journey that spanned six decades, two hemispheres, two world wars and unprecedented social changes. The result is an objective, thoroughly researched account of Yogananda's remarkable life in all its detail, nuance, and complex humanity.
'Yogananda would, I believe, want any book about him to not only inform but transform,' Goldberg writes. 'It is my hope that readers will be enriched, expanded and deepened by this humble offering.'
Philip Goldberg grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in Los Angeles. He has been a professional writer for more than 40 years and is a public speaker, a workshop leader, a spiritual counsellor and the co-host of the popular podcast Spirit Matters. His book American Veda chronicles the impact of India's spiritual teachings on the West; Huffington Post and Library Journal named it as one of the Top 10 Religion Books of 2010. www.philipgoldberg.com