By : IIP Foundation
When India was covered with a dark veil, no one was speaking about the moral and spirituality, Hindu religion was almost down in front of political speaking, religion was imprisoned to the cells and all the tradition and rituals were hollowed. Then Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati had emerged as a God messenger in 19th century bringing back the faith in Vedas and Religion.
He reinforced the faith in Vedas spreading the message as “Vedas are for all, disregarding of caste and religion, gender and person, color and creed. Every human being can read and absorb the spirituality within them”. This was a freedom and joy for all women and men not only in India but worldwide.
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati was born in 1824 in a small village of Kathiawar district. His childhood name was Moolshankar given by his father. An incident in Shiva temple had turned his whole life and afterwards India and later the world. He was a thirteen-year old boy and a great devotee of Lord Shiva. In the holy night of Mahashivratri when all the devotees were slept, Moolshankar was awaken with a desire to see Lord shiva. When he reached over to the idol of Lord Shiva, he found a small mouse who was eating all the edible offerings and Shiva was bearing this insult silently. Moolshankar had made his mind on spot that Idol of God can not be Almighty and he promised to himself to find the real God, the Almighty who are depicted in Vedas and are not bound by a form or an image. It was the fiery movement and a beginning of the renaissance of religion in India. The foundation of the great spiritual movement, later known as ‘Arya Samaj.’
Swami Dayanand Saraswati was a great protagonist of a common link language, that was Arya Bhasha means Hindi to bring a unity among Indians at larger scale. He was himself A Gujarati, had his studies in Sanskrit but he promoted Hindi as a mother language to unite Indians as one. He also campaigned for Hindi when the Government of India, under the British Raj, appointed the Hunter Commission to decide an official court language in various provinces, Swami Dayanand had favored for Hindi.
He led a movement against cow slaughter. To this movement he had received the support of kings and common public. By receiving their signatures on a petition, he had submitted it to Queen Victoria, the reigning Empress of India those days.
Swami Dayanand was an open minded person who always heard the suggestions from public and applied if given in good faith. He worked for good till his last breath at Ajmer on 30 October 1883. It was a Diwali evening when the flame of his life was blown out but the light he had spread is still wiping out the darkness.
IIP Foundation, under its initiative of documenting Indian Heritage and Culture, wants to tribute on his Jayanti and wishes to keep the lamps lighted.
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Posted on Feb 20, 2017