Today the topic of my speech is "Character Building"
Character means the particular combination of qualities that makes someone a particular kind of person. In other words, it is one's behaviour, morals, ideas, vision, endurandc, will-power, forebearance, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation which dtermines one's character. Our character is what we do when we think that no one is looking.
The question is how to develop it and what would be the impact of individual character on the national character?
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty. Each individual is born with a character. Differences in character do exist, and reincarnation is the only logical explanation. Character is Karma. The memory aspect of character is not understood and people want specific instances of memory: who they were in their past life, where they had lived, and what they did. But memory is the result of life-experiences transformed through assimilation in the post-mortem state of Devachan. Just as through digestion and assimilation the different items of food that we eat become transformed, enriching or enfeebling blood, flesh and bones, so the present character of each is the transformed result of all actions and experiences in former lives. Between each life there is a process analogous to the process between two meals. This memory aspect of character refers to the past.There is also the motion aspect of Karma, and therefore of character. Karma is not only of the past; it is also action in the present. So by our efforts and actions in the present we are putting something into our character. To continue the comparison: our present physical body improves or deteriorates, is made gross or subtle, sensitive or dull, by the food that we eat day after day. Healthy bodies become ill, and weak bodies gain health and strength by the kind of nourishment given. So with character. Whether we know...