Action is inevitable. All actions
yield results both good and bad, some may be beneficial for the individual but
wrong for the society we live in, while some may cause loss for the individual
yet good for the society at large. Directing a righteous action requires
understanding of the factors of Life and such actions bring good results.
Action when misdirected produces evil. All the ill situations and sufferings of
today are because of misdirected actions of individuals who lack understanding
of critical factors of life and who possess faulty character.
Perversion of the good is the
reason for all the wrongs ever produced in the world. Misusing of things could
happen either from ignorance or lack of character, or both. Basically, a person
who does not understand the factors and the forces of the world he lives in
will make mistakes. Such a person will make misuse of nearly everything that
the world has to offer and that is there in the sphere of his/her action,
unless guided by the learned wise men. I agree that every man makes mistakes
but only the wise one corrects his mistakes and tries to understand the factors
before it becomes too late and dangerous.
Man is a social being; taught and
trained, guarded and guided, nurtured and nourished by a fellow human being.
Thus the guidance of Greater minds is necessary to the wellbeing of the human
race, but not sufficient though; this guidance helps only to a limited degree
as long as the actions of the individual are simple. But when greater
development is assayed it becomes more complex. Hence the individual cannot
depend on others for guidance; he must try and master the laws of life and
build a strong character.
I believe that the true purpose
of the strong is to raise greater strength in the weak but not to leave the
weak where they are at the mercy of the strong. Therefore, the leadership of
greater minds is not for keeping the multitude in a state of simple mindedness
and dependence but for developing the intelligence of each dependent individual
until external guidance to him/her is no longer needed. The true purport of
leadership is to lead the many from dependence to independence.
In the current age it is evident
to a great degree among the strong to use the weakness of the weak for one’s
gains. If our fore fathers and fathers, teachers and trainers have not
contributed strength to our weak minds at different stages of our life cycle,
we would have been left weaker and ignorant, struggling to understand the laws
of life and doing mistakes in the whole sphere of our actions. I must also
stress, as experience establishes, that it is not only the guidance that
prevents all the mistakes, because the individual requires a substantial amount
of understanding to apply the advice of the leader in a right manner. One who
has no understanding will therefore pervert the factors of life at every act,
no matter how well they are guided by wise and learned. One with certain amount
of understanding will invariably begin to do things without consulting the wise
and the learned. Every strong mind should seek to develop strength in the weak.
Building a strong mind is nothing
but to build a strong character. Character is the force that directs thoughts
to action. We learn from our mistakes, is a true statement provided
introspection happens immediately after realizing the mistake and a better
understanding is attained. Because it is said that we learn from mistakes, it
does not mean that we can make mistakes intentionally. When a child does a
mistake we know it is out of ignorance and inability to understand but when a
grown-up does mistake we are not ready to admit it as ignorance, instead we
name it as act of negligence or intentional. When one starts learning from his
mistakes he/she acts consciously to do everything right. Being conscious only
of the right is causing everything in its sphere of action to be right. A wrong
action shows weaker character. It is true that it is character that defines a
person! What is this character?
When one fails to do what he/she
wants to do, his/her character becomes weaker. When what you preach and
practice is different, your character becomes weaker. When someone fails to be
as perfect, as good or as ideal as he/she wish to be, his/her character is at
fault. All Actions of the mind are directed by the character. When you think
you can accomplish something and failed to accomplish, something is being
misdirected. Lack of Character or a weak character misdirects all the actions.
When you fail to do what you can do, some of the powers of your being are being
misdirected. All mental tendencies that are counter, critical or resisting
indicate a deficiency in character.
Someone who is influenced to do
what he would not do under normal conditions has a weak character. And being
affected by surroundings, events, circumstances and conditions against his/her
will also indicate the same inadequacy. Always remember, a strong character is
never influenced against his/her will. He/she with strong character never
becomes upset, offended or depressed and is never disturbed by anything. No one
can insult him/her for, he/she is above the small states of mind, and is
stronger than those things that may tend to produce small states of mind. The
desire to criticize becomes less and less as the character is developed. It is
the mark of a fine character never to be decisive.
When the light is made brighter,
the darkness will disappear by itself.
As long as you are in the clutches of fear, discouragement and
worrisome, realize that it indicates that character needs development. One with
strong character never submits to fate, give in to adversity, give up in the
midst of difficulties, or surrender to failure or wrong. A person with more
temper is less in character. Temper is a state of depression and disturbance
that misdirects the mental energy.
The mind that changes easily,
that is attracted to the appearances, that is easily carried away, and that
does not retain a well-balanced attitude on any subject lacks character. As
quoted by Albert Einstein, Weakness of Attitude becomes weakness of Character.
A strong character is not built easily; it is an incessant conscious
introspection of oneself. This reformation happens gradually step by step,
practice being yourself and your character will be developed. Being conscious
of flaws and defects is a clear sign of weaker character because everything is
being misdirected when the character is weak. The strong character is conscious
only of the right because such a character is right, and is causing everything
in its sphere of action to do right.
I hope you agree with my
statement that character has been neglected in our system of education. All the
subjects we teach our children help them to grow and earn own living but will
not help them in a quality living in harmony with the society and human race at
large. The belief system of several religious systems in the world state that
repentance insures human welfare in the future world. Repentance after action
makes one weaker instead if one realizes that all our daily actions are determined
by character, the subject drags the attention. When the focus shifts to
character we can see that it is the power of character that directs everything
in the human system, it is the hub through which all the impressions,
expressions must pass, and character defines the quality of life also most
importantly character determines whether our skills, faculties and talents are
best or not.
A person with well-developed
character has the power to turn energy to good cause, and has the power of
perseverance in the right attitude despite the challenging situations of life.
Such a person will not make mistakes nor falls prey to pernicious temptation.
This person will reach the goal without fail.
The beginning of every commitment
is well but before long turned off the track, misled by counter attractions
before accomplishment of the goal. This is the sign of weak character. Change
in plans necessarily need not be a sign of weak character as it is sometimes
wisdom to do so but this change has a reason. Changing with every circumstance
is to drift with the stream of circumstance. A person who drifts lives the life
of a log falling prey to the external influences controlling little or nothing
and will accomplish little or nothing. One must not let circumstances change plans
but give strong character to one’s plans that change the circumstances. When
various factors and forces of the system are properly channeled, directed and
employed, the development of the entire mental plane is promoted and this means
greatness. Negligence of character development universally is one of the chief
reasons why great personalities are not numerous. A person whose mental plane
has developed and is using mental laws properly but is failing to comply with
moral laws does not possess a complete character. The character of such a
person is as good as the person who follows moral law but is constantly
ignoring the mental laws of life.
The strong and well developed
character attempts to streamline all the energy of the mental plane into the
most constructive channels and it is the mark of a real character. When the
character is weak, there is conflict and confusion in the mental plane. A
person with strong character acts in harmony and all his acts are constructive.
Weeds grow without attention, not
so with roses. Be attentive and try to build a strong character which directs
all your actions in a noble channel. The world needs greater minds to lead and
that leader could be you! Developing strong character is not easy; you must
invest time and energy and be consciously alert. Great powers of the mind
unfold for those who can build strong character, everyone cannot reach there.