Awake: The Life of Yoganada has released a companion book with rare images, quotes, and interviews from the inspirational film.
More than a year after its theatrical release, the record-breaking film Awake: The Life of Yogananda is available on DVD (it is currently the top documentary on Amazon) and has just been released on Netflix, increasing the accessibility of this inspiring story.
The team behind the film has put together a stunning companion hardback book. Through more than 400 rare archival images seen in the film, quotes from notable figures interviewed, and expanded explanations of the story of Yogananda’s life, the transmission of Parmahansa Yogananda’s teachings is vibrantly alive in these pages. Instead of having to press pause to gaze at a particularly compelling photo, readers can leave the pages open to see the master at various points in his life.
Directors Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman along with producer Peter Rader worked for years alongside Yogananda’s vast networks of devotees, especially the Self-Realization Fellowship, to tell the story of this extraordinary teacher. They all agree that one of the great gifts of this process of making the film is the uncovering of the collection of amazing photographs documenting Yogananda’s life, another is the sense of both transmission of and context for the teachings presented in the film. All are found within these pages.
The book is a perfect holiday gift for a long-time devotee as well as someone inspired by—or even new to—Yogananda’s life and teachings. Meant to be read again and again, the inspiration is always fresh—and always transformational.