approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Paramahansa's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Paramahansa Yogananda comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Paramahansa Yogananda - his real motivation, which describes the kind of person he is at heart and where his true priorities lie. Study this page and the next one and compare them - there may be significant differences between the two, in which case "the inner Paramahansa Yogananda" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Paramahansa a little better. This page describes the disguise Yogananda wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Modest, unobtrusive, and often rather quiet or shy, he is a person who is content to stay in the background or to serve as an assistant, in the supporting role rather than in the lead. He is quite humble in his own assessment of himself; he seeks perfection, with a tendency to be overly self-critical. No matter how well he does something, Paramahansa Yogananda always sees the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often Yogananda will simply refuse to attempt something because he feels he cannot meet his own high standards.
Paramahansa Yogananda has an eye for detail and he gets upset when something is not done just so, usually something others consider rather inconsequential or trivial. He is hard to please and his relationships with others may suffer because of this. Paramahansa Yogananda also has refined sensitivities and is very discriminating and particular in his choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in Yogananda's environment is very important to Yogananda.
Yogananda steps into situations rather cautiously, and not without realistically assessing all of the risks and potential advantages involved. Unless something is a safe bet, he is unlikely to dive into it. Paramahansa Yogananda tends to underestimate his own capacities and to lack confidence and trust in life, which inhibits his spontaneity. Worrying is a bad habit of his. On the other hand, Paramahansa rarely falls flat on his face and what he does, he does very well.
Others see Paramahansa Yogananda as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. Yogananda has a strong sense of propriety. Politeness, good manners, and correct behavior are important to him. His clear, cool, objective and non-emotional attitude is apparent to others first, and though he is really quite helpful and caring, he does not radiate much sympathy and as a result, others may not see the helpful side as readily. Paramahansa may seem more businesslike and factual as well as more conservative than he really is at heart. He is the person others might go to for technical advice or an unbiased opinion, but not for emotional support.
He is keenly observant, intelligent, and has a great desire for learning and for self-improvement, but he is not especially ambitious and is often satisfied with a rather simple, unglamourous position in life.
Paramahansa Yogananda has a radiant, winning personality and others see him as a person used to achieving success. Broadminded, Yogananda is willing to give others the benefit of the doubt. He is helpful and tolerant as long as his moral and ethical standards are respected.
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