About the Film

 "Using a seamless mix of re-creations and fascinating true 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, he exited his body just like that....In between those events he changed the Western world." – From the Maui Film Festival website

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. 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 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 and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography. The footage includes stylized interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations, 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. By evoking the journey of the soul as it pushes its way through the oppression of the human ego and delusion of the material world, the film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms. AWAKE is ultimately the story of humanity itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness.

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  • commented 2017-11-05 08:12:32 -0800
    I would be very interested in watching this film. Yoga has become a huge part of our culture these days and it has increased in its philosophies and teachings. I, myself was first introduced to it as an exercise and learned that there is much more to it than that. It’s about meditation, patience, and learning more of “within” a person. I had no idea how yoga was brought to the west, so this will be very interesting.

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  • commented 2017-07-06 11:36:08 -0700
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  • commented 2017-06-29 00:31:50 -0700
    This movie is the best example of Hindu religion and its culture and tradition. It has lot scenes which talks about the spiritual feelings and emotional thinking of common Hindu people. I have read the script work of this movie which was published in http://www.ukessayservicesreviews.com/ blog for viewers to read it and know about the movie.
  • commented 2017-06-18 01:51:55 -0700
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  • commented 2015-11-13 20:56:04 -0800
    Loved this movie and the book
  • commented 2015-11-11 15:16:32 -0800
    Watched on Netflix. Loved it! I read Autobiography of a Yogi as a teenager—before there was a SRF any where near where I lived. That book, and Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha continue to have a profound influence on my life. The movie is a great introduction to material.
  • commented 2015-05-27 10:01:50 -0700
    I look forward to the film. It is time for the West to experience en masse the concept of a being that is able to travel on the astral plane.
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