what new yorkers are reading on the subway

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Autobiography of a Yogi

Waiting for the F Train at Jay Street-Borough Hall
Like so many interviews I have conducted this week, Eve, a waitress, was reading a book about spirituality, Autobiography of a Yogi, a well read and well translated book from 1946 written by Paramahansa Yogananda. "It was given to me by a friend years ago. I just pulled it out. You know how that goes." Eve has only read a few chapters, and she was at a place where Yogananda is looking for a guru. He was born "in this direction," she said, "being a yogi, a monk."

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