Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review
International Journal of Academic Research in Education and Review
Vol. 2(8), pp. 186-193. September, 2014.
Full Length Research
CHARACTER FORMATION IN THE LIGHT OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
Dr. Santosh Kumar Behera
Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University, Purulia, West Bengal.
Accepted 11 September 2014
“When wealth is
lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when
character is lost, all is lost”. Now the caption is very much
pertinent in this present millennium under the context of Character
Building for mankind when a greater part of this society used to run
after name, fame, money and power even at the cost of own life. If
one becomes determinate on the one aim of God realization, then man
will turn towards God. On turning towards God, good qualities, good
conduct come on their own, and character building begins to take
place. However, if a man forgets about God realization and begins to
hoard worldly possessions and enjoy sense pleasures, then he falls
down in character. He, who loses his character, is not even worthy
and deserving of being called a man. He himself is the central theme
of building character. He is more valuable than any possession in
the universe. In this context, Swami Vivekananda said that, “neither
money pays, nor name, nor fame, nor learning; It is CHARACTER that
can cleave through adamantine walls of difficulties. The purpose of
education is Man- Making and Character building of the students.
Defining character, Vivekananda said, “The character of any man is
the aggregate of his tendencies, but the sum of the total bent of
his mind. As pleasure and pain pass before his soul, they leave upon
it different pictures and the result of these combined impressions
is what is called a man’s character”. The present paper will try to
shed some light on the character and character formation in the
light of Swami Vivekananda.
Article as: Behera SK (2014). Character formation in the light
of Swami Vivekananda. Inter. J. Acad. Res. Educ. Rev. 2(8): 186-193.