Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati initiated a revolutionary social movement in India in 1875, named Arya Samaj. This movement introduced many social reforms especially in the fight against blind faith, superstitions and unethical practices prevailing in the Hindu society at that time. These included child marriage, depriving the girl child of education, Sati system (burning of wife along with her dead husband), polygamy, and treating females as inferior and not as equal to her male counterparts, etc. He gave to people the practical view of Hindu philosophy. He worked relentlessly to bring about awareness amongst Hindus about the true meaning of Vedas, the original scriptures of Hindu Religion. The Vedas ordain a universal view of life to include all livings beings in nature and exclude none. He restored confidence amongst Hindus and enlightened them about their identity and roots.
Swami Dayanand firmly stated that God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Formless. He condemned Idol worship. He propagated that all humans are equal. He fought against the caste system and said that no human is born a Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya or Shudra. He said that Hindu religion had classified people by their qualification and profession rather than their birth or clan. A doctor’s son doesn’t becomes a doctor unless he acquires the qualification. Similarly, it is not necessary that a son of a Brahmin will become a Brahmin unless he acquires the qualification. He wanted people to give up blind faith, beliefs and superstitions. He launched a movement to spread the knowledge of Sanskrit among all humans instead of making it a prerogative of the so called Brahmins (Brahmins by birth).
He was the first to raise the voice of Swarajya (Self rule) in his famous book ‘Satyarth Prakash’ in 1875, the magnum opus of Dayanand, ten years before the birth of Congress party, the first political party formed during British Rule.
Arya Samaj is a worldwide organization having about 10000 branches all over the world. It works very actively in the social, educational, cultural and spiritual fields. The organization is always in the forefront to provide relief during natural disasters and calamities. The organization attempts to nurture patriotism and brotherhood. It inculcates the traits of service to the humanity/community/country amongst its followers. It believes in a faith based on ‘Vasudev Kutumbakam’ i.e. the world is one family. At the same time it inculcates the values of intense dedication, true and selfless nationalism.
Dayanand Sewashram Sangh
Dayanand Sewashram Sangh is one of the several wings of Arya Samaj. It aims to ensure that under privileged and down trodden people, particularly in tribal areas of the country get equal opportunities to join the main stream.
Our goal is to advance compassion and love and to provide opportunities to that section of the society which has been ignored and exploited by the other Indians for centuries. To keep this spirit alive, based upon our resources, we extend a helping hand to the needy with whatever we can. The spirit to give does not have to wait for better times to come.