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Arya Samaj Pratinidhi Sabha

Introduction of Arya Samaj

 

 

 

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swami Dayanand Saraswati, one of the greatest leaders ever to emerge from India, founded the Arya Samaj in 1875. The most unique of his many contributions was to make a powerful and original commentary on the Vedas, which exposed serious errors in previous translations and interpretations of its Sanskrit texts. The Arya Samaj (movement) was begun to revive the study of the Vedas and to worship one God. Dayanand defined Aryas as ‘those who are true in word, deed and thought, promote public good and are learned.’

In that it upholds the primacy of the Vedas as its only authoritative scriptures, the Arya Samaj is related to orthodox Hinduism. In many other ways, however, the Arya Samaj is a revolutionary movement. That there is only one God and one alone (monotheism) is a fundamental doctrine of the Arya Samaj. God is formless; hence you can make no picture, idol or image of him. Thus the Arya Samaj is vehemently against idolatry, statues and the worship of animals (e.g. cows) and humans because God is unchangeable (he cannot incarnate). Therefore Rama, Krishna and all other great prophets were men and not God and should not be worshipped as God.

Truth (truth in the soul, truth in the vision, truth in the intention and truth in the act) and morality (dharma) are the other fundamental bedrocks of Vedic teaching

The Arya Samaj also focuses greatly on the welfare of all humanity through altruism and charity (the Samaj opened the first non-Christian orphanages in India) and by teaching that all should be treated with love, justice and on their merits. Dayanand, therefore, was `heretical’ in his total rejection of the caste system or any form of discrimination based on social class.

The eighth principle of the Arya Samaj’s creed states that ‘ignorance must be dispelled and knowledge be disseminated’. With this emphasis on education Dayanand argued passionately that the Vedas do not prohibit education of females (the Arya Samaj was the first to open girls’ schools in India) and of the ‘lower’ castes, but insist on it.

He concluded his best-known book Satyarth Prakash (Light of Truth) by saying that ‘I do not believe in sectarian wrangling since the clashing between various sectarian creeds has led people astray and turned them into each other’s enemies. The sole aim of my life is to help put an end to this mutual wrangling by preaching universal truths whereby they may cease to hate each other and instead may firmly love one another, live in peace and work for their common good and happiness…. I believe in a religion based on universal principles which have always been accepted as true by mankind and will continue to command the allegiance of mankind in the ages to come, and that is above the hostility of all human creeds whatsoever.’

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The 10 Principles of Arya Samaj

  1. God is      the primary source of all true knowledge and all that is known by its      means.
  2. God is      existent, formless and unchangeable. He is incomparable, omnisicient,      unborn, endless, just, pure, merciful, beginningless, omnipotent, the      support and master of all, omnipresent, unageing, immortal, fearless,      eternal, and holy, and the creator of the universe. To him alone is      worship due.
  3. Vedas      are the scripture of all true knowledge. It is the paramount duty of all      Aryas to read them, teach and recite them to others and hear them being      read.
  4. All      persons should always be ready to accept the truth and to give up untruth.
  5. All      our actions should be according to the principles of Dharma, i.e. after      differentiating right from wrong.
  6. The      primary aim of the Arya Samaj is to do good to the whole world i.e. to its      physical, spiritual and social welfare.
  7. All      ought to be treated with love, justice, and according to their merits as      dictated by Dharma.
  8. We      should all promote knowledge (vidya) and dispel ignorance (avidya).
  9. One      should not be content with one’s own welfare alone, but should look for      one’s welfare in the welfare of all.
  10. In      matters which affect the well-being of all people the individual should      subordinate any personal rights that are in conflict with the wishes of      the majority; in matters that affect him alone he is free to exercise his      human rights.

 

 

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