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Aryasamajtoday is under the spiritual leadership of Satish Prakash, PhD., Vyakaranacharya. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Maharishi Dayananda Gurukula, NA, Inc. He can be reached at satishprakash@yahoo.com
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Swami Dayanand Saraswati was one of the great gifts of Providence to India. He was the greatest reformer of the nineteenth century as well as the saviour of the Hindu India. He was born and brought up in his home in Kathiawar, Gujarat. His father was a devout Shaivite and he was eager to groom his son to tread his footsteps and imperatively demanded that besides other rituals, he should begin practising Parthiva Puja, the worship of the clay-linga- representing Shiva. At the age of 14, the child observed fast which resulted in his urge to discover the real Shiva - a turning point in his life. Like Gautam Buddha on seeing deaths of his sister and uncle, he became curious to find as to how men could avoid death and obtain salvation. One evening, in the year1846 A.D., he secretly left his home and wandered from place to place and temple to temple throughout Northern India, studying the Hindu scriptures with a voracious appetite. He devoted 20 years to serious study and meditation and his roaming life brought him in contact with men from all walks of life from priests to princes. He was pained to see the prevailing situation and found Hindu society divided into numerous castes and fractions. He observed Hindu India lying prostrate, with all her pristine glory gone and her religion, arts and science dishonoured and vilified. On 14th November, 1860 he arrived at Mathura and discovered his Guru Sw.Virjanand Saraswati with whom he served for two and a half years as his pupil. While departing from Mathura, the Guru sought a pledge from Dayanand to devote his life to disseminating truth, to wage war against the falsehood of the prevailing Hindu faith and to re-establish the ancient religious methods of pre-Mahabharata times. In the course of five years, the Northern India was completely changed but there were also several attempts on his life. Before millions of assailants, all eager to bring him to knees, he argued for hours together alone against three hundred pundits-the whole front line and the reserve of Hindu Orthodoxy. He stood fast on his ground and applied yardstick of Vedas to all the prevailing faiths/beliefs. He was a ruthless critic of all who, according to him, had falsified or profaned the true Vedic religion. In the domain of interpretation of Vedas he stole a march over all his predecessors as he grasped its true spirit and while referring to this aspect, a great saint-philosopher Sri Aurobindo Ghosh stated “In the matter of Vedic interpretation I am convinced that whatever may be the final complete interpretation, Dayananda will be honoured as the first discoverer of the right clues. Amidst the chaos and obscurity of old ignorance and age long misunderstanding his was the eye of direct vision that pierced to the truth and fastened on that which was essential. He had found the keys of the doors that time had closed and rent asunder the seals of the imprisoned fountains”. From 1877 to October, 1883 his time was spent in preaching, teaching and writing books including Ved Bhashya. In his lifetime thousands of Aryasamajs were set up in Bombay, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and other places. He upheld the right of all human beings to learn and study the Vedas He denounced the superstitions, harmful and misleading beliefs, customs and practices of Hindu society e.g. child marriage, denial of education to women, idolatry, untouchability, caste-system etc. He opened the eyes of his countrymen and wrote his great book Satyarthprakash (The Light of Truth) which was published in 1875. It is a unique book to dispel all doubts and it is in fact the beacon light leading people from darkness to light, irrationality to rationality, irreligion to religion. It embodies the teachings of Swami Dayanand Saraswati on all matters – religious, social, educational, political and moral, also his beliefs and disbeliefs and the way of life as envisaged by the Vedas and the Vedic culture, which prevailed throughout the whole world about 5000 years back (This book refers to 377 books, quotes 290 books to prove the facts and cites1542 Vedic hymns and the total number of inferences is estimated to be 1886). In introduction to this book, Swamiji wrote: “The world is fettered by the chain forged by superstition and Ignorance. I have come to snap asunder that chain and to set slaves at liberty. It is contrary to my mission to have people deprived of their freedom”. He pleaded that Hindi should be link language of the entire country and he was the first crusador to raise voice against cow-slaughter and wrote the booklet “Go-karunanidhi” on 24th February,1881 underlining the utility and economy of the cow. Very aptly, Sir Jadunath Sarkar described Swamiji as “A true statesman – who could set the forces at work which will go on influencing the lives and thoughts of unborn generations.” Swami Dayanand breathed his last in Ajmer on Deepawli day, the 30th October, 1883. In September, 1883 he had gone to Jodhpur as the guest of the Maharaja where he was poisoned which proved fatal despite varied efforts. The final moments of his life are worth description when he asked all those present in the Bhinai House (the last resting place at Ajmer) to stand behind him. After blessing all present there, he recited the Gayatri, engaged himself in Samadhic meditation for a few minutes and then lay down. The last words he uttered were: “Merciful Father! Almighty God! This is thy will! Let thy will prevail. Wonderful are thy ways.” Saying this, he turned on his side, drew a long breath and threw it out and that was his last breath. This very sight converted Gurudutt a staunch atheist to be a great believer in God and a missionary to carry out the master’s task was born. The movement of Aryasamaj was very strong initially in North India and there was social awakening in every sphere. Swami Shradhanand (1856-1926) founded gurukul at Kangri, Haridwar in 1902 ; Mahatma Hansraj (1864-1938) was a pioneer of D.A.V. movement; Shri Gurudutt Vidyarthi (1864-1890), initially an atheist got transformed by mere witnessing the spectacle of Swami Dayanand Saraswati’s death at Ajmer . He contributed his efforts with such intensity that he sacrificed his life by overworking and neglecting his own health. Pt. Lekhram (1858-1897), a fearless and undaunted soldier of his master worked for Shudhi movement (re-conversion into Hinduism) and became a martyr at the hands of a fanatic. It is a matter of pride that 80% of martyrs of Indian freedom movement belonged to Aryasamaj. Shyamji Krishan Verma (1857- 1930) played important role off Indian shores in this respect. Lala Rajpat Rai (1865-1928), a staunch Arysamajist played a glorious role against British empire and sacrificed his life for this cause. Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Madan lal Dhingra, Pt.Ram Prasad Bismal, Bhai Balmukund, Bhai Parmanand(1876- 1947), Mahasha Rajpal(1885- 1929) etc. were inspired by Aryasamaj and like these patriots, innumerable people contributed in the struggle for freedom. Aryasamaj will continue to be remembered for its contribution to Indian Independence by way of the Hyderabad Satyagrah against Nizam of Hyderabad under the leadership of Mahatma Narainswami in 1939. In the words of Sw.Dayanand Saraswati “self-rule is far better than any sort of foreign rule however well governed it may be.” (Sw.Dayanand Saraswati was the first person to use the word swarajya in 1874-75, followed by Dadabhainaroji in 1906, Shri Lokmanya Tilak in 1916 and the Congress in 1926). Of late we observe great retardation in Aryasamaj’s march owing to infighting and absence of zeal and spirit but there are always hurdles in the path of success and it is earnestly hoped that with proper introspection and resolve to fulfill the mission, the young generation who have a rational approach to life will come forward to lead it and rid the society of its ailments. Our country is still acutely faced with the problems highlighted by Swamiji and presently efforts are being made to tackle them with various legislative measures but to achieve results, committed people are required and leaders of various sects and religions have to discard their rigidity and non-Vedic beliefs and identify the universal interests and draw inspiration from Vedas which preach Universal brotherhood as enunciated in RgVeda X.191.2: “May you move together, speak together in one voice; let your minds be of one accord; and like the ancient sages, may you enjoy your assigned share of fortune

 
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