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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Crystal Clarity Publishers; 3 edition (18 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565892429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565892422
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,423,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The New Path is a beautiful account of the experience of working with a great master. It's a book to be treasured for the breadth and depth of its portrayal of one of the great saints of our time as well as the devotion of its author." --Swami Chetanananda, Director, Nityananda Institute, author of The Breath of God

"Here, the teaching, the message, and the life of Paramhansa Yogananda are illuminated in a way that makes it possible for us to not only easily access his timeless wisdom, but - through the living example of one of Master's most devoted disciples - actually apply Eternal Truth to our present-day life. It is impossible for me to think of a greater gift that humanity could receive at this critical time. . . ." - --Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God

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Paramhansa Yogananda is one of the best-known spiritual teachers of the 20th century. His Autobiography of a Yogi, published in 1946 and printed in more than 20 languages, has touched the hearts of millions and remains the best-selling spiritual autobiography of all time.

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Upcountry on 13 July 2010
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Let us have a little exercise in guided imagery here. You are to become a great spiritual figure of our time and are told that it is your destiny to travel to a foreign land, establish a world-wide organization, write many books, and help countless people.

In time, you arrive in America, start your organization and spend many long hours authoring books - one which ultimately becomes a best seller and is used in hundreds of university comparative religion classes. This autobiography of yours is a jewel and eventually becomes a classic! In it, you write personal things about your family history, the long and extensive training you've had with your spiritual teacher, the great saints and historical figures you've met, and your experiences in America. You also spend countless hours creating, composing, and disseminating a very lengthy series of lessons to help others on their path, andyou hand pick board members to carry on the work of your organization when you are gone. The road traveled has not always been easy, money has at times been lacking....but ultimately forthcoming. There have been a few betrayals. However, you are very determined and very devoted to God.

You accept a man into your organization from Romania, by the name of J. Donald Walters, and he spends only three years with you before you die.

After your death, Walters travels to India and does stuff that almost gets your whole organization expelled from the country. He also goes against rules (already established involving the proper conduct of your members) because.....well, he just can't keep his pants zipped and continually breaks his monastic vows. Your board is left with having to tell this guy to take a hike.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Superb compliment to the Autobiography of Yogi 18 Aug. 2009
By HAL9000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an inspiring read, essentially picking up where Paramhansa Yogananda's own autobiography left-off and continuing teachings from the early part of the twentieth century right up until today, at the dawn of the twenty first.

It updates considerably its predecessor, "The Path", revising the old text and bring us up to date.

The New Path (TNP) presents a fuller, more detailed picture of what knowing Yogananda personally was like and sets his world mission in its fullest, non sectarian context, not about forming this group or that, rather transforming man's connection with God - direct personal experience of the truth, not dogmatic or uncritical belief in mere written scripture or socially-oriented attendance at religious ceremonies.

TNP is much more complete than many existing first person accounts, such as "Treasures Against Time", "The Flawless Mirror", "Paramhansa Yoganda Trilogy" and "Collection of Four Kriya Yuga Gurus", given Swami Kriyananda's 60+ years of reflection on the essence of Yogananda's teachings.

Kriyananda is a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and under him, the head of the monastics, Vice President and Board Member of Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) and later founder of Ananda.

It would be a tragedy for any student to miss out on reading this great work, especially if that decision were based on one-sided knowledge of his split and later legal disputes both directly and later via proxies between SRF and Ananda.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The New Path-2009 edition 30 Nov. 2009
By E. GREEN - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best book available that describes the last few years of Paramhansa Yogananda's life. Every path attracts its quota of big egos, true believers, dogmatists, and holier than thou types and in Yogananda's wake there are certainly many of these. Kriyananda is willing to discuss all this and much more with an honesty that does him credit. He is able to lay aside his personal opinions and give an honest critique of events and personalities instead of seeing things only in a black and white perspective. This is one mans story of his search for truth, how he found Yogananda, and what his experiences with the Master were like. Again, he does not exaggerate and is willing to deal with sensitive issues honestly and fairly. I think he shows clearly that no one is either completely right or completely wrong and that we all see thru our own tinted spectacles. Overall, a great documentation of Yogananda's life and mission.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Emergence 21 Sept. 2010
By Bani Sodermark - Published on Amazon.com
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I found "The Path" at a pavement bookseller in an obscure corner of Delhi, India, somewhere around 1990. Paramahamsa Yogananda was not so well known in India at that time, at least, not to my knowledge. A friend had presented me with a copy of "Autobiography of a Yogi" some years ago. I remember being intrigued by the title of the book, wondering if it had anything to do with the Paramahamsa. I bought the book to find out for myself.

Reading "The Path" was a source of great comfort to me. At the time, I was emerging from a particularly long period of what I call "The Dark Night of the Soul". Kriyananda's account of the anguish he underwent at the time of his expulsion from the organization to which he had given his life, touched me to the core. I recognized well, the sense of the futility of life, the feeling of being forsaken by both God and guru. Reading about his suffering helped me realize that I was not alone in the dungeon of Giant Despair; it also helped me find courage to face my own problems with greater acceptance and fortitude.

I mention this background because "The New Path" cannot avoid comparison with the older version of the same. Clearly, it is exceptionally well written, given Kriyananda's prolific output over the years. Most of those who have read "The Path" will find basically the same energy in "The New Path". but there is an added depth and dimension to the later work.

That dimension derives its wellspring from the persona of the Kriyananda of today. The Kriyananda that has been forged over the decades of financial struggle, over long drawn out lawsuits and other vicissitudes, too numerous to mention. The same events mentioned in "The Path" are presented in the same chronological order, but this time they are being experienced by the new Kriyananda of today, the one who can stand aside and observe himself playing his part in the game of Life. This new Kriyananda can see his boyhood from another angle, put in perspective, his stint as a questioning young man hungry for real answers and his blossoming as a devoted disciple to his enlightened guru. It is this perspective that he brings to "The New Path".

Inevitably "The New Path" contains additional material on his friends and family that have a bearing on the formation of the Kriynanda of today. The account of his sojourn with the Paramahamsa is especially worth reading, when seen in the light of Kriyananda's unflinching love and respect for his guru, a trait that has been his life's magnetic compass. Some additional material in this book, have to do with later events, one of them being a chapter on the writing of the Bhagavad Gita that came out in 2005. A second addition concerns a past lifetime when Kriyananda was born as Yogananda's son, Henry, who was to become King Henry I of England. Yogananda was born as William the Conqueror in that lifetime.

What is missing in this book is the agony that had percolated to the surface and found expression in the older book. As I see it, "The New Path" reflects in some way the emergence of the butterfly from the cocoon of human mediocrity. Having weathered one obstacle after another and surmounted them all, Kriyananda imparts to this book, a sense of victory. The bitterness that seeped through in the earlier book is absent.

In conclusion, if you wish to know just what it was like to be near Paramahamsa Yogananda, read this book. You will.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Deepening My Spirituality 6 July 2010
By Dewdrop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The New Path: Life with Paramhansa Yogananda Reading this book is a spiritual experience in itself taking me to deep places. It has taught me a lot about life, meditation, what discipleship is like, and Paramhansa Yogananda. I highly recommend this book to any yogi. You can listen to Swami Kriyananda tell you a little about this book in the video.
14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A priceless, heart rending look at A Gift from God: Sri Paramhansa Yogananda 17 Sept. 2009
By Matthew J. Schimpf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Admittedly, I have a certain reserve or even apprehension when discussing J. Donald Walters in any respect, owing to his past misconduct (and I'm not speaking of the litigation between Ananda and SRF.) That said; this book was of such exquisite numinous caliber that it nearly defies description. Mr. Walters does a magnificent job detailing Master Yogananda's wisdom, love, patience, charm, wit and grace - throughout the entire work (and make no mistake, it is expansive, over 500 pages!) I was treated to what I can only call a spiritually visceral reaction such that it seemed as though Master was standing right beside me. Weather or not Sri Yogananda was standing next to me in astral form I truly cannot say, but this is a fact: he has taken up residence in my heart and soul, where I hope he will stay, ad infinitum. We are treated to numerous insights and lively anecdotes about, with and between the author and his radiant subject. The book is sated with divine wisdom and is effortlessly counterpointed with humor and delight.

The New Path was extraordinarily well written, edited and presented. There is a fair amount of autobiographical information Walters offers that precedes his time with Paramhansa Yogananda, which is necessary and of high value and provides the reader with the context by which the author finds his way (or is guided to) his beloved guru. Mr. Walters, you have done the world a great service by producing this book, yet I hesitate to venerate you with the title Swami.

If one has (in ascending order of importance) a curiosity, interest, passion or love of, or for, Sri Yogananda, first read "Autobiography of a Yogi" then read "The New Path."

A work of empyrean proportions, 5 stars for the book. The entire cosmos for Saint Yogananda.
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