Thursday, February 12, 2015

Swami Dayananda Saraswati - Biography and Books

Biography of Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Swami Dayanand Saraswati  born on 12 February 1824 at Tankara, Gujarat  broke new path in  Hindu religion. He is the founder of the Arya Samaj, a Hindu reform movement of the Vedic tradition. He was a profound scholar of the Vedic lore and Sanskrit language. He was the first to give the call for Swarajya as "India for Indians" – in 1876. It was later taken up by Lokmanya Tilak.He was against idol and ritualistic worship prevalent in Hinduism and he worked towards reviving Vedic ideologies. The philosopher and President of India, S. Radhakrishnan, called him one of the "makers of Modern India," and also Sri Aurobindo also acknowledged the contribution of Swami.

The followers of Dayananda included Madam Cama, Pandit Guru Dutt Vidyarthi, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Lala Hardayal, Madan Lal Dhingra, Ram Prasad Bismil, Mahadev Govind Ranade, Swami Shraddhanand, Mahatma Hansraj, Lala Lajpat Rai and others. One of his most influential works is the book Satyarth Prakash.  He was a sanyasi (ascetic) from boyhood, and a scholar, who believed in the supremacy and antiquity of the Vedas.

Maharshi Dayananda supported the doctrines of Karma (Karmasiddhanta in Hinduism) and Reincarnation (Punarjanma in Hinduism). The Theosophical Society and the Arya Samaj were united from 1878 to 1882.  Among Maharshi Dayananda's contributions are his promoting of the equal rights for women, such as the right to education and reading of Indian scriptures, and his intuitive commentary on the Vedas ins Hindi so that the common man might be able to read them. Dayanand was came out with the concepts and words  Swadeshi and Harijan. Gandhiji used and supported both of them.

Complete Books list of Swami Dayananda Saraswati - With links to many for download

Swami Dayananda's Books on Learning Sanskrit

Sanskit Vakya Prabodah  Volume 1 - Link

Shukla Yajurveda - Simplified Summary Based on Swami Dayanand Bhashya

Chapters  1  -    2

Articles on Thoughts and Teachings of Swami Dayananda Saraswati

On Human Nature and Education

Some Prominent Scholars on Dayananda's Bhashyas on Vedas


  1. ३स्वामी दयानंद सरस्वती स्त्री स्वतंत्रता,स्त्री शिक्षा,विधवा पुनर्विवाह के प्रबल समर्थक और बाल विवाह के प्रबल विरोधी थे.उनहोंने वेदों की शिक्षा में ही सब समस्याओं का हल ढूँढा.-ASHOK

  2. हर व्यक्ति को सिर्फ अपनी उन्नति से ही संतुष्ट नहीं रहना चाहिए बल्कि दूसरों की उन्नति भी करनी चाहिए--स्वामी दयानंद सरस्वती--संकलन--ashok