Arya Samaj & Its Principles
"Come and join us in building a strong and powerful society"
Mahrishi Dayanand Saraswati totally revolutionized the social movement in India and led many social reforms especially in the fight against blind faith, superstitions and giving people the practical view of Hindu philosophy.
He brought awakening to the minds of Hindus by conveying the true meaning of Vedas, a universal view of life that includes all livings and excludes none. He conveyed that religion must evolve with human ability to understand the nature and its intricacies with the knowledge of science. He restored confidence and conveyed who we are and from where we come from.
Arya Samaj is a worldwide organization having more than 8000 branches all over the world and relentlessly active in social, educational, cultural and spiritual fields. Arya Samaj is constantly working to provide relief during natural disasters and difficult times.
Our goal is to advance compassion, love and to provide opportunities to the underprivileged. In Pondicherry we want to ensure that Arya Samaj becomes the most prestigious social and voluntary organization.
To keep this spirit alive we all should extend our helping hand to help others with whatever we can, based upon our resources. Because the spirit to give does not have to wait for better times to come. It is only today that matters, as there is no tomorrow.
Arya Samaj Contributions to Indian Society
Arya Samaj has played a leading role in all social and educational reforms. We are proud of our achievements in the following areas:
- Arya Samaj was actively involved in struggle for independence
- Establishment of Gurukul Kangri at Haridwar
- Mahrishi Dayanand Saraswati Universities at Ajmer & Rohtak
- DAV schools & colleges all over India
- Gurukuls for Vedic research scholars
- Orphanages, more that 150 being run all over the country
- Old Age Homes (Van Prastha Ashram)
- Promotion of widow remarriage
- Eradication of untouchability
- Movements against superstitions
- Movements against blind-beliefs
Principles of Arya Samaj
Vedas are the most ancient scriptures known to mankind. All Hindus follow Vedic principles in essence, but Arya Samaj stresses on the practical interpretation of Vedic scriptures. Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati initially introduced 28 principles in Mumbai on April10, 1875 AD. Later on June 24, 1877 in Lahore he amended them and thus finally 10 basic principles of Arya Samaj were framed as the guiding force. These principles not only simplified the life of a common man but also gave us a comprehensive, moderate and realistic view of life.
The Ten Principles of ARYA SAMAJ
- God is the primary cause of all true science and of all that can be known through it.
- God is Existent, Intelligent and Blissful. He is Formless, Almighty, Just, Merciful, Unborn, Infinite, Unchallengeable, Beginning-less, Incomparable, the Support and Lord of all, Omniscient, Imperishable, Immortal, Fearless, Eternal, Holy and the Maker of the universe. To Him alone worship is due.
- The Vedas are scriptures of true knowledge. It is the duty of all Arya to read them, hear them being read and recite them to others.
- We should always be ready to accept the truth and give up untruth.
- All action should be performed in conformity with Dharma, that is, after due consideration of the right and wrong.
- The primary aim of the Arya Samaj is to do well for all, that is, promote physical, spiritual and social well-being.
- We should treat all people with love, fairness and due regard for their merit.
- We should aim at dispelling ignorance and promoting knowledge.
- One should not only be content with one's own welfare, but should look for it in the welfare for others also.
- One should regard oneself under restriction to follow altruistic rulings of the society, while all should be free in following the rules of individual welfare.