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Awake: The Life Of Yogananda (2014)

Awake: The Life Of Yogananda (2014)

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AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. This feature documentary explores the life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, who authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. It was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad, and he arranged to give away 800 copies of it to the dignitaries who attended his memorial service. It was also a point of entry into Eastern mysticism for George Harrison, Russell Simmons and countless yogis. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and ultimately helping millions of seekers today to turn their attention inwards, bucking the temptations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization. (C) PMK BNC

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A voice-over narrator supplies some of Yogananda's more inspired passages, but the affected tone makes it all sound rather silly.

December 19, 2014 | Full Review…

If you want to understand yoga as something beyond a workout exercise, this spiritual documentary could be a fine start.

December 11, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Those looking for further enlightenment might want to pass on the feel-good cinematic hagiography known as "Awake: The Life of Yogananda."

November 7, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's not quite hagiography, but it's almost hard not to get caught up in the film's admiring tone.

November 6, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, while the swami taught his disciples to explore the depths of their very souls, the film barely scratches the surface of his life and teachings.

November 5, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Yogananda's story is a fascinating one. And although the documentary will likely attract a discrete group, it has the potential for broader appeal.

October 30, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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