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'Awake' a vivid glimpse of West's 1st meditation guru
'Awake' a vivid glimpse of West's 1st meditation guru

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. Although the name Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) may not ring a bell, his teachings had a lifelong influence on the likes of George Harrison and Steve Jobs, who kept a digital copy of "Autobiography of a Yogi" on his iPad. Heeding a metaphysical calling to leave India for materialistic America, Yogananda initially landed at Boston Harbor at the dawn of the Roaring '20s but eventually realized that Los Angeles would offer a greater wellspring of disciples looking to...

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