Awake: The Life of Yogananda

2014 • 86 minutes
54 reviews
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An unconventional biography by Oscar-nominee Paola di Florio and Sundance winner Lisa Leeman about Hindu mystic Paramahansa Yogananda who brought yoga and meditation to the West in 1920 and authored the spiritual classic "Autobiography of a Yogi," which became the go-to book for seekers from George Harrison to Steve Jobs.

By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient teachings accessible to a modern audience. This documentary examines the world of yoga, old and new, East and West, and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards in pursuit of Self-Realization.

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54 reviews
Jay Macdonald
December 11, 2020
This movie came to me during a mid life crisis - mind body & soul were enemies. My mind was a mess, my body was in pain and I had lost faith in myself and the world. I was unhappy. I shouted at a bird sitting on my garden fence “what the FXXK are you staring at?” and for being so ‘God-lik’ ie silent, still, peaceful, connected, just in the moment, intuitive, omnipresent, self realised, gloriously perfect, content and awake. Of course I never even knew what these words meant as I declared out loud in despair “I WANT TO BE GOD LIKE!” And so it was my Guru Paramahansa Yogananda came to me in the form of this film. I watched with immaculate attention and concentration and as soon as the film ended I visited the SRF website, signed up for the lessons and for the last five years I have studied, practiced, learned, given up, carried on, tried too hard and procrastinated but this last week I experienced something that I have loved without for 50 years of my life since i arrived here on planet earth. I experienced Gods Love and it is glorious indeed. I truly intend to spend the rest of my life doing my best to awaken this love is all hearts as my Guru has done for me. Of course, each of us have our own journey to make, destiny and struggle and it is the struggle that makes us strong enough to be able to experience the metamorphosis, to be able to grow wings and fly. Awake may not be your path so all I can say is “Silence is powerful, go without, go within. Breath in peace breath out love breath in happiness - fill your body with happiness and gratitude - be thankful in every moment, silence your mind, fill your heart with love, fill your body with water, healthiness and happiness and in the silence listen to your heart beat - know you are love, made from love and you are loved. The rest of it is magic! Positive Blessings & Love to you all for your journey 🙏🎶❤️ Jayondrums Percussion Entertainment - @Jayondrums ‘I am AWAKE!’
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Barbara L Dolan
December 29, 2019
This movie has opened my mind, heart & soul to the inner peace one can obtain thru my mind first. If you have someone like I did to tell you about Yogananda, like my childhood friend who passed away a few months ago and I was blessed to meet up with her brother, who took me on a journey of his learning of this spiritual man many years ago that changed his ways of spirituality.. At age 61, I am blessed to believe in God, and now introduced to this movie and the autobiography of a Yogi. I feel truly blessed. RIP my friend Arlette. Thank you Joey and Yogananda. It's never too late to open your mind to this spiritual way of being true to self realization.
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Dan Stevens
March 2, 2022
Yoga leads to demonic possessions! In India they have the highest amount of demon possessed people. Try to watch "Kundulini demon possession" on YouTube. Or "False spirits invade the church." You'll see it
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