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Swami Dayananda Saraswati

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wami Dayananda Saraswati was an important Hindu religious scholar and the founder of the Arya Samaj, “Society of Nobles”, a Hindu reform movement, founded in 1875.He was the first man who gave the call for Swarajay in 1876. Arya samaj founded by him produced many of the freedom fighters who were responsible for the independence of India. Among his immense contributions is his championing of the equal rights of women – such as their right to education and reading of Indian scriptures – and his translation of the Vedas from Sanskrit to Hindi. The ideology presented in the works of Dayananda has been used to support the Hindutva movement of the 20th century.
One of his notable disciples was Shyamji Krishna Varma, who founded India House in London and guided other revolutionaries. Others who were influenced by and followed him included Madam Cama, PranSukh Yadav, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Lala Hardyal, Madan Lal Dhingra, Bhagat Singh, Swami Shraddhanand, Sukhabodhananda, Mahatma Hansraj and Lala Lajpat Rai. One of his most influential works is the book Satyarth Prakash, which contributed to the Indian independence movement. He was a sanyasi (ascetic) from boyhood, and a scholar, who believed in the infallible authority of the Vedas.

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Spread of knowledge, practice and progress of Truth, Reading Vedas, Prayer to god, Good behaviour,Remaining away from bad and badness, Accompany of good and goodness, always thinking of good for Whole mankind and Propagation of Dharma should be the true work of Man.

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The purpose of my life is the extirpation of evils; introduction of truth in thought, speech, and deeds; the preservation of unity of religion; the expulsion of mutual enmity; the extension of friendly intercourse; and the advancement of public happiness by reciprocal subservience of the human family. May the grace of the Almighty God and the consent and co-operation of the learned soon spread these doctrines all over the world to facilitate everybody’s endeavor in the advancement of virtue, wealth, godly pleasure, and salvation, so that peace, prosperity, and happiness may ever reign in the world.

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When Dayanand was fourteen years old, his sister died. He was so shocked by the sudden demise of his sister that he began to look upon death as a challenge. He also ran away from home to know the secret of death. In search of the answer, Dayanand wandered all over the country for around twenty years. During his course, Dayanand visited temples and sacred places of religious devotion. He met Yogis living in the mountains and forests but nobody had the perfect answer Dayanand was seeking for. Lastly, Dayanand Saraswati went to Mathura where he found Swami Vrijananda and became his disciple. Vrijananda asked Dayanand to throw away all his books and learn directly from the Vedas. After completing his Vedic-education, Dayanand realized that his purpose of learning the “secret of death” has been satisfied. On the day Dayanand was to leave from the ashram, Swami Vrijananda called him and asked to spread the knowledge of Vedas in the society. The name Rishi Dayanand was also given by his guru Swami Vrijananda.

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Indian based in States and India. From lineage of traditional Vedic scholars (Swami Chinmayananda). “Neither preacher nor missionary nor mystic . . . Helps every student to see the truth revealed by the Upanishads as a verifiable fact.” Multifaceted AND methodological approach includes prayer, chanting, lots of study. Said to be sincere, competent and compassionate.

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