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.