Awake: The Life of Yogananda, Movie Examines Impact of Hindu Legend Paramahansa Yogananda
Awake: The Life of Yogananda, a new movie about one of the world’s most famous Hindu mystics, will be released in theaters Fall 2014.
The life of one of the most famous Hindu mystics is now coming to the silver screen in Awake: The Life of Yogananda. This documentary film has garnered a fair amount of attention as it details the life works of a very well-known yet enigmatic person of the 20th century. The documentary has many different people who are interviewed and shows just how his teachings have impacted the world even into the present day.
The Life of Paramahansa Yogananda
Yogananda was born into a family of devout Hindus and sought spiritual enlightenment from a very young age. Throughout his teenage years and into his early twenties he studied yoga and the spiritual ideals which would allow him to later develop his own principles involving religion. It was his visits to America that would come to define the second half of his life, as he began to spread new ideas about spirituality into the western world.
He began to give lectures and become more prolific in his writings about the nature of God in the world, forever changing the modern view of religion. These works are typically recognized as culminating in his most famous work Autobiography of a Yogi. His writings had a tremendous impact during his life, and continue to affect people in the present day, which has led to the documentary being released.
Finding The True Yogananda
The documentary film shows the early life and development of Yogananda as a spiritual person. It includes many real videos, and some recreations, to show the way that he spent his life in the service of others. The film also features pictures of him alongside some of the most celebrated leaders in all of India such as Gandhi as well as various people in the United States.
Interspersed with pictures of his formative years are interviews with some of the people who have gotten the greatest sense of spiritual fulfillment by following his practices. They speak about his ability to relate ideas simply and put life in to a perspective that made it easier to live without attachment to this world. This diverse collection of students and direct disciples shows the tremendous impact that Yogananda had upon the modern world. It also shows his ability to unite people with his ideas.
The documentary’s use of interviews and footage of Yogananda’s life, along with an incredible way of telling his story, have resulted in it winning many awards, with many more expected upon its worldwide launch.