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Informative but I found it boring, unfortunately
on 6 May 2015
First, I'll admit that I didn't manage to read this 2-volume book to the end. And life is too short to complete long books that one finds boring.
While I have full respect for Yogananda, I just didn't find this book interesting, though it was extremely well-written (at least in Danish translation). The author tells us at length of his encounters with various yogis in his youth, who were highly developed, and could bi-locate (be in two places at once), etc etc, and of various other experiences. He also pontificates about India's scientific prowess.
At the back of each volume there are interesting photos of the author and his family, and various gurus of his acquaintance, including his own guru, Sri Yukteswar, etc,
If you are extremely interested in yogis, India, or want to know all details of Yogananda's life, you may find this book fascinating. Otherwise, you may find it as boring as I did. I cannot really recommend it, though I cannot exclude the possibility that parts of the book I didn't get round to contain fascinating bits of information.