Photo: Group of village girls with musical instrument, India; late 1800s.
The plums tasted
sweet to the unlettered desert-tribe girl-
but what manners! To chew into each!
She was ungainly, low-caste, ill mannered and dirty,
but the god took the fruit she'd been sucking.
Why? She knew how to love.
She might not distinguish
splendor from filth
but she'd tasted the nectar of passion.
Might not know any Veda,
but a chariot swept her away-
now she frolics in heaven, ecstatically bound
to her god.
The Lord of Fallen Fools, says Mira,
will save anyone who can practice rapture like that-
I myself in a previous birth
was a cow-herding girl
'Autobiography of a Yogi'
By Paramahansa Yogananda (Author)
When AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI first appeared in 1946 it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. With engaging candour 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. He records as well his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi Rabindranath Tagore Luther Burbank the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann and other celebrated spiritual personalities of East and West. Also included is extensive material that he added after the first edition came out in 1946 with a final chapter on the closing years of his life. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI is at once a delightful account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its tradition of meditation. Clearly explaining the subtle but definite laws behind the natural events of everyday life as well as the extraordinary events considered miraculous the author reveals the scientific foundation underlying the great religious paths of both East and West. 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 this book has been translated into eighteen languages and is used as a text and reference work in numerous colleges and universities. A perennial best-seller 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.