Fw: Rishi Bodh Ustav. 2012.
- Celebrating 188th birth anniversary of Maharishi Swami Dayanand's.Namaste.
Rishi Bodh Ustav. 2012.
Almost every time we celebrate or observe any of Maharishi Swami Dayananda anniversaries his life, from his birth, the mouse incedent, the death of his sister and uncle, to the knocking at the door of Swami Varjanands kotia, establishing of Arya Samaj and finally his passing away at Ajmer has been written many a times by various well known and also by not so well known writers in their own versions. Getting away from his usual biography a short note on the real impact he had in his short life on the Hindu society in general.
The life of a Sanyasi is no bed of roses. Sometimes he has to go hungry because nothing edible comes his way in the form of bhiksha. He may have to brave the danger of facing a hostile crowd not in agreement with his discourse. Among the great company of figures that have appeared in this world at the head of Indian Renascence he stands out by himself from his contemporaries, with his unique work and was able to walk for a long time with great vigor and strength of life was none other than Maharishi Swami Dayanand, a great religious and social reformer of the 19th century India.
Numerous thinkers, philosopher and masters have graced this country, but all of them limited themselves to thinking about spiritualism. None of them tried to unite the badly divided Indian population into one cohesive nation. The political, economic and social conditions prevailing in India in the nineteenth century presented a dismal picture of a society which appeared to be beyond redemption. Centuries of foreign domination had reduced the honour of Indian society to nothingness. Ideologies Illiteracy prevailed, ignorance abounded, superstitions were rampant, knowledge was totally eclipsed, the essence of Dharma was lost, practice of irrational rituals and blind faith was dominant, social evils were widespread and cultural values were eroded. All these factors had reduced the glory of Hindus to shambles and the society was on the brink of annihilation. Never before was the need for a survival felt more acutely than at this critical period for the revival of a collapsing society. He was the first man to think about the nations self-respect and unity. He not only struck at the centuries old indifferences but also came up with a new mindset towards religious and communal unity.
Maharishi Dayanand had realized that the nation, the society and the religion could never make progress until they were driven by national and social unity. Thats why he strived his entire life to establish the revering of the Holy Book THE VEDAS. He was not just an ascetic, not just a commentator on Vedas, not just an authoritative debater on the scriptures; he was the anchor of unity of the Indian nation in very real terms.
Very different was the manner of working of Dayananda. The account of his actual nature of the work and the mere fact that he did it in this spirit in a powerful impression of spiritual practicality would give him a unique place among our great founders. Swami Dayanand transmitted Vedic knowledge but the crowd, under the influence of illiterate purohits on the verge of losing their jobs, showered the Swami with stones and bricks. Nevertheless, the ascetic went ahead with preaching his Vedic sermon because he was a Man with a Mission. His mission was to cleanse the social order of superstitions, anti-Vedic beliefs and cruel treatment of women. Eventually he succeeded in his mission. Indeed that has been the tradition with Swamis, Acharyas, Gurus and what have you.
Founded Arya Samaj in 1875, a society, for the removal of the social evils, bad customs and blind belief which had no validity in Vedas has become the beacon of light to guide the people who had lost their way in total darkness. It was Maharishi Swami Dayanand who championed the cause of womens education and against all kind discrimination on women on the grounds that all these lacked the Vedic sanctions.
Maharishi Dayanand was a true visionary and an epoch maker.
Dhanya hai tujh ko ai rishi,
Tune hame jaga diya
So so ke lut rahe the hum
Jati ko aur hame tune bacha liya.