Yoga leader featured in film coming to MaumeeWritten by Joel Sensenig | Managing Editor | email@example.com
Rumor has it that Steve Jobs had just one book in his iPad 2.
A documentary about the man who penned this one book — “Autobiography of a Yogi” — is coming to the Maumee Indoor Theatre at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 for a one-night screening.
“Awake: The Life of Yogananda” tells the story of Paramahansa Yogananda, a Hindu mystic widely credited for introducing meditation and yoga to a Western audience.
The 2014 film is being brought to Northwest Ohio through the efforts of Monclova Township resident Ashoka Jinka, a longtime follower of Yogananda and his teachings.
“His teachings are so pure and simple,” Jinka said. “I was first introduced to him by my father, who gave me 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. … Partaking of his teachings comes with blessings undreamed of.”
Tickets for the movie are $10 and are available online at http://gathr.us/screening/9371. The screening is part of Gathr’s Theatrical on Demand program, which requires that at least 62 tickets are purchased online before the movie will be shown. Once that number is reached, moviegoers will be able to purchase tickets at the Maumee Indoor Theatre’s box office.
Jinka said he is excited to bring “Awake” to the area.
“Toledo audiences can expect to see a documentary movie that 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,” he said.
In the “Awake” trailer, former Beatle member George Harrison said, “If I hadn’t read that, I’d just be, you know, some horrible person.”
The film uses archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) as well as interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations. It also features experts speaking about the spiritual leader at Harvard’s Divinity School, Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania and the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California.