This is our second Note on one of Yogananda’s books.
As I mentioned in our first Note on a little booklet called , I bought a bunch of books by Yogananda after I read a line from one of Michael Singer’s books thanking him for his “unending flow of inspiration.”
This book is a collection of articles that appeared in Yogananda’s magazines in the 1920s and 1930s. It repeats some of the wisdom covered in , so if you want to get one book from Yogananda on success, this is the one to get. (Get a copy .)
As I read it, I was struck by the parallel practical wisdom between Yogananda and other teachers of his era. In many ways, he reminds me of an Indian, often more spiritual version of old-school Western teachers like Orison Swett Marden, James Allen, Ernest Holmes, Dale Carnegie, and Napoleon Hill.
Yogananda arrived in the United States in 1920 at the age of 27. It’s fascinating to see him bring his ideas from the East into our culture in the West.
To put it in perspective, Orison Swett Marden created Success magazine in 1891, James Allen published in 1903, created Science of Mind magazine (and churches) in 1927, Dale Carnegie wrote in 1936, and Napoleon Hill wrote in 1937.
If you’re interested in seeing what a yogi who inspired Steve Jobs has to say about success, I think you might enjoy the book as much as I did. It’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites, so let’s jump straight in!