|Format||Paperback (228 x 152mm)||Edition||2nd (exp.) reprint of original edition|
|Series||No of pages||523|
Paramhansa Yogananda was an Avatar in the line down from Babaji (Benjamin Creme (1993), Maitreya’s Mission, Vol.II, p.73).
This is the 60th anniversary “Original Unaltered” edition of this classic of spiritual literature. According to the current publisher, the revisions made in the Self-Realisation Fellowship editions since Yogananda’s death in 1952 placed progressively more emphasis on the organisation than on the spirit of his work. One even went so far as to alter the author’s signature by adding an extra “a”, to read “Paramahansa”, which is deemed the correct form by some Sanskrit scholars. This edition is a reprint of the original 1946 edition with the author’s name spelled as it was given to him by His Guru, Swami Yukteswar.
In a response on their website the Self-Realization Fellowship that was founded by Yogananda in 1920 says: “Three editions of Paramahansaji’s autobiography appeared during his lifetime. In the third edition, published in 1951, he made significant changes — revising the text thoroughly, deleting material, amplifying various points, and adding a new final chapter, 'The Years 1940 – 1951' (one of the longest in the book). Some further revisions made by him after the third edition could not be incorporated until the publication of the seventh edition, which was released in 1956.”
Referenced in Benjamin Creme (1979), The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, p.249 and in Benjamin Creme (1996), The Ageless Wisdom Teaching, p.62.
|Original publication year||1946|
|Original publisher||The Philosophical Library|