This stunning companion book to the movie Awake: the Life of Yogananda, features the entire documentary screenplay interwoven with over 400 spectacular four-color visuals, including a considerable collection of rare archival photos of Paramahansa Yogananda. The feature documentary Awake: the Life of Yogananda, produced by CounterPoint Films with cooperation from Self-Realization Fellowship, has seen box office sales surpass one million dollars; a feat that few documentaries ever realize.
This companion book presents a visual feast taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard's Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs, from the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. Included are behind the scenes insights and commentary from filmmakers Paola di Florio, Lisa Leeman and Peter Rader, as well as interviews with Krishna Das, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar and many others.
AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda the feature documentary, is an unconventional biography about Paramahansa Yogananda, widely considered the person who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today. Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west, scientific and spiritual and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of Self-realization.
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About Paramahansa Yogananda: 1893 1952 Hailed as the father of Yoga in the West, Paramahansa Yogananda is regarded as one of the great spiritual figures of our time. Born in northern India, he came to the United States in 1920, where for more than 30 years he taught the ancient science of meditation and the art of balanced spiritual living. That same year he founded Self-Realization Fellowship, to disseminate his writings and teachings worldwide. Through his best-selling classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, and his numerous other books, he has introduced millions throughout the world to the spiritual principles of yoga meditation and the universal truths underlying all world religions.Review:
Compelling...enough to make a modern soul look inward. --New York Times
Fittingly enlightening, Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating gaze who brought meditation to the West....An absorbing glimpse into the life and times of the world's first superstar swami. --Los Angeles Times
Yogananda's influence remains very much alive more than sixty years after his death. [His] story is a fascinating one. --Washington Post
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