Swami Dayanand Saraswati was an Indian religious leader and founder of Arya Samaj, a Hindu reform movement from the Vedic dharma. He was a renowned scholar of Vedic lore and denounced idolatry and ritualistic worship and worked towards reviving Vedic ideologies.
He was an ascetic who believed in the infallible authority of the Vedas. He was an advocate of the doctrine of karma and reincarnation. He highly emphasized the ideals of brahmacharya, devotion to God, and celibacy.
He contributed towards providing equal rights to women, such as the right to education.
A few teachings of Swami Dayanand Saraswati that I collected from the scriptures back when I was 15 are listed below.
About Charity- “The best giver is he who investigates as to who is good and who is not and who respects the righteous and serves them.
The middling giver is he who does not discriminate but gives only to add to his reputation.
The worst giver is he who gives blindly without any idea of doing good to anybody.”
“To entertain ill-will against anybody is the very negation of mercy and forgiveness, and no violence is greater than this.”
“A man becomes learned only when he has three proper instructors, the mother, the father, and the preceptor.”
“As long as the soul does not free itself from all impurities and realize its own pure essence, it cannot attain God and enjoy bliss.”
“Everybody should try for his salvation by leading a virtuous life, as this is the only way of attaining the highest kind of happiness.”
My grandfather, Dr. Pavan Malvay was a part of Arya Samaj, and a staunch believer of India scriptures, the Vedas. My grandmother was the president of the women’s rights committee in Hyderabad, while my grandfather educated people about shunning the dowry system, living a simple life, and believing that God is everywhere and within us.
As this website and my debut book complete one year today, I’d like to remember and tribute to the legend himself who was my mentor, and support system. Of all the awards he has won for his work, he considered the felicitations for his social work as the most prestigious. One such that I know of was by Sweekar-Upkar which serves mentally and physically disabled, aged, widows, and destitute, the organization felicitated him not more than 20 years ago for all the service rendered by my grandfather.
He founded the Pavan Studio in 1954 for his love towards photography. He began his passion for photography by making documentaries and short films.
As a naturopathy doctor, he followed strict principles of never using medicines. As a man of his principles, one day he lay a mattress on the terrace and sunbathe for hours to cure himself of jaundice. And, he did. I can still reminisce about the time he used to climb the trees at the age of 89, just to find me some gooseberries.
His wisdom and knowledge had no boundaries and I’m glad I get to have them as my memories forever.