Il sentiero della felicità<br>AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda (2016)
Il sentiero della felicità<br>AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda (2016)

Il sentiero della felicità
AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda (2016)

By Paola di Florio, Lisa Leeman

With George Harrison, Anupam Kher, Russell Simmons

USA | 2016 | 87

Il Sentiero della Felicità – AWAKE: the life of Yogananda is a unique biography of the Indian master who in the 1920s, introduced yoga and meditation to the Western world.

This documentary film recounts the life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the famous Autobiography of a Yogi, a classic of spiritual literature that has sold millions of copies worldwide and is still an essential reference for spiritual researchers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts. The autobiography was the only book on Steve Jobs’s iPad, which arranged for 800 copies to be distributed to the personalities who would participate in his funeral. It was also the book that introduced oriental mysticism George Harrison, Russell Simmons and countless yogi.

By giving a personal imprint in search of the initiatory path and sharing the inner battles faced on the spiritual path, Yogananda has made those ancient teachings accessible to a modern public, attracting many followers and helping millions of today’s spiritual researchers to turn their attention to their inner life, rejecting the materialistic temptations to achieve the realization of the Self.

The film, shot in three years, with the participation of 30 countries, explores the world of yoga, ancient and modern, eastern and western. While it is true that the archival material on Yogananda’s life (who died in 1952) is the backbone of the narrative, the film goes beyond the boundaries of a traditional biography. The sequences include excerpts of interviews, metaphorical images and scenic reconstructions, and lead us from India’s places of pilgrimage to the Divinity School of Harvard University, as well as its sophisticated physics workshops, from the Science and Spirituality Center of Pennsylvania University to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California.

Using a continuous mix of footage from the era and fiction, this docu-film takes you by the hand and brings you to know the life of a saint who changed the Western world. Every look, every still image, every music, every word touches the soul and heart in depth, leading you to experience the supreme truths transmitted by Yogananda.
Evoking the journey of the soul seeking to make its way through the obstacles of the ego and the illusion of the material world, the film gives us an experience of immersion in the realm of the invisible. It is ultimately the history of mankind: the universal struggle of every creature to free itself from suffering and to find lasting happiness.

An epic and timeless masterpiece not to be missed!


Illuminate Film Festival
Maui Film Festival
Conscious Life Expo Film Festival

Official selection

Seattle International Film Festival
Tel Aviv Spirit Film Festival
International Women’s Film Festival

Watch the trailer