Spreading cement (construction of buildings like temples) doesn’t necessarily build the characters of people.

There are temples everywhere, but still people are becoming very degraded and of low character everywhere.  So, building temples doesn’t necessarily build the character of people. What is needed is to stop building temples and use the money to build the character of people via preaching or distribution of Vedic knowledge.

A Person of Good Characters

  • Truthful
  • Humble
  • Reliable
  • On time
  • Compassionate
  • Respectful to everyone
  • Helpful to everyone
  • Clean
  • Considerate of everyone’s well being
  • Considerate of nature
  • Loving and caring
  • Generous
  • Service to all attitude

“Charity given out of duty, without expectation of return, at the proper time and place, and to a worthy person is considered to be in the mode of goodness. But charity performed with the expectation of some return, or with a desire for fruitive results, or in a grudging mood is said to be charity in the mode of passion. And charity performed at an impure place, at an improper time, to unworthy persons, or without proper attention and respect is said to be in the mode of ignorance.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 17.20-22)

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Fearlessness; purification of one’s existence; cultivation of spiritual knowledge; charity; self-control; performance of sacrifice; study of the Vedas; austerity; simplicity; nonviolence; truthfulness; freedom from anger; renunciation; tranquillity; aversion to faultfinding; compassion for all living entities; freedom from covetousness; gentleness; modesty; steady determination; vigor; forgiveness; fortitude; cleanliness; and freedom from envy and from the passion for honor – these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 16.1-3)

“Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance – these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Pṛtha.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 16.4)