The Need for Good Character

Need for good character

In the early times colleges and universities were founded on the basis of religion. They were religious institutions to develop people’s character; and along with their character and their religious convictions, to give them advanced technical training – either in engineering or in the arts or in the sciences.

Whatever religion we follow, we follow it properly to develop proper character with proper morality, ethics and realization of God. But to discard spirituality is to discard character. Character goes deeper than just being nice. When people are tested or are in excruciating situations, the easiest way to get out of it is to be immoral and unethical. Unless one has a spiritual idea, it is practically impossible to maintain one’s ethics and good character in those situations.

Character means ‘the golden rule’. In the western civilization the golden rule of Christian thought is, ‘Treat your neighbours as yourself’.  Vedas say ‘par dukha dukhi’ – that a man or woman with a proper character understands others suffering to be his or her own. Honesty and integrity based on principles and a foundation based on spiritual knowledge are required for it to be real. Without spiritual knowledge, all our ethics and all our morality are like buildings made of sand.

Radhanath Swami

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  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Without spiritual knowledge, all our ethics and all our morality are like buildings made of sand – such powerful words!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Honesty and integrity based on principles and a foundation based on spiritual knowledge are required for a person to be of good character.

  • Gokul Sundari Devi Dasi

    Thank you so much HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj Ji for wonderful teachings

  • Sunny Hinduja

    Wonderful!!!

  • govind

    thank you very much for wonderful quote.

  • Jagannath Dham Das

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for stressing so much on how important it is to cultivate a good character !
    Hare Krishna !

  • Sumit Sharma

    Very nice message from Radhanath Swami about good character. Thanks for sharing it.

  • anand

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Ganesh G.

    Really thought provoking article.Thank you so much Maharaj.

  • duruvan

    Hari Bol

  • Milind M Churi

    Yes,Without Spiritual background developing good character is nearly impossible.The spiritual education is cleanship from inside and when innerself is uncovered of contamination by spiritual education then outside results in form of good behavior is reflected.Thank you Swamiji for such a nice article.

  • Phani

    Wonderfully explained by Radhanath Swami. All glories to Him.

  • Rajeev

    Inspiring Article

  • Srinivasan

    Thank You For Writing the Article Radhanath Swami

  • Satish

    Morality based on sound spiritual understanding is so essential !

  • Bhavesh

    There are many critics who talk of morality without spirituality. Here, Radhanath Swami aptly answers that the depth or foundation of morality comes from spirituality.

  • Rasasekhara Dasa

    Very instructive lesson. Thank you Maharaj

  • Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swamis message is thought provoking

  • Ganesh

    Simply wonderful.Really amazing article.

  • Girish

    Radhanath Swami is teaching us how to balance our lives without compromising on our character.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Radhanath Swami makes the true foundation of character crystal clear in the last statement “Without spiritual knowledge, all our ethics and all our morality are like buildings made of sand”.

  • malathi santosh

    Very nice article!

  • Sumithra

    Haribol

  • Advaita

    ‘Character goes deeper than just being nice!’ – Great line by Radhanath Swami

  • Ravi Garg

    Such beautiful lessons taught by Swamiji in this article……thanks

  • Gurrappanaidu

    WOndrful article !

    This is real the knowledge and education, without spiritual education it is impossible that a person having good character as Maharaj told.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj.