AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda
The Movie of the Month, January 19th at 1:15
This is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami Paramahansa Yogananda. The movie blends intriguing insights in his life, teachings and the experiences that caused him to rise up and make needed changes within his life. Using a mixture of re-creations and filmed footage, this very even-tempered documentary takes its audience all the way through a saint's life, from his first sensations in the womb to that moment in 1952 when, having recited a poem to a large crowd at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Paramahansa Yogananda 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. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made the ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice his spiritual discipline today. In many ways, what is shared in the movie, demonstrates that he and Unity share much in common. Join us for an inspiring movie.