Character traits are valued aspects of a person’s behavior. Everyone has character traits, both good and bad, including our favorite fictional characters. Character traits are often labeled with descriptive adjectives such as patient, unfaithful, or jealous. Often, someone’s character and personality are intertwined.
Character refers to a set of moral and mental qualities and beliefs, that makes a person different from others. … Personality is the outer appearance and behaviour of a person. At the same time, character indicates the traits of a person which are hidden from sight. The personality of an individual may change with time.
Perfect character lasts till the end of one’s life, nay end of all ages; it is immortal and is associated with the Atma.
Such immortal qualities of Character are – compassion, kindness, love, forbearance, integrity and patience.
Habits form only because of the deeds we indulge in. These habits shape the intelligence. All that we weave in our imagination, our aspirations and deeds, leave an indelible imprint on the mind. Due to these, man makes his own perception of the world. Man’s present condition is the result of his past birth. These habits mould man’s character.
Whatever be the nature, just by the process of imagination and practice, it can be modified.
A bad person will not remain so always.
Did not Angulimala, the dacoit, turn into a good person just by the darshan of Buddha?
Did not the thief Ratnakara become Valmiki, the sage?
Man has within him the capacity to change his evil propensities and habits.
Selfless service, renunciation, devotion, prayer, enquiry – these will enable the inculcation of new svabhava – conduct.
–Adapted from a Satya Sai Baba discourse