The Arya Samaj
Arya Samaj (Sanskrit arya samaja "Noble Society") is a Hindu reform movement founded in India by Swami Dayananda in 1875. He was a sannyasi (renouncer) who believed in the infallible authority of the Vedas. Dayananda advocated the doctrine of karma and reincarnation, and emphasised the ideals of brahmacharya (chastity) and sanyasa (renunciation). There are approximately 3-4 million followers of Arya Samaj worldwide. [Source: Wikipedia.org]
Founder of Arya Samaj Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati (1824-1883).
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati was a social reformer and religious leader of the highest calibre. He was an adamant follower, exponent, and practitioner of the Vedas—the unadulterated Truth as handed down from Guru to disciple since the beginning of time.
Swami Dayanand had absolutely no craving for worldly applause and was completely unconcerned and unperturbed by the censure of the superstitious, the ignorant, and the selfish. Swami Dayanand spoke the Truth and practiced it too. His compassion and large heartedness are legendary.
Few people really understood him. His greatness cannot be measured with the yardstick of intellect or the ruler of the mind. To really know him one must meet him in the sacred chamber of the purified heart, devoid of all images, opinions, and misconceptions. Great souls never die—indeed, no soul ever dies, but great souls live on and on forever in our hearts. They are not confined to a particular place or time, caste, creed, or religion, country or culture—because they have gone beyond the dimension of the mind.
The formal organization known as the Arya Samaj was an aid in fulfilling Maharishi Dayanand's promise to his preceptor to reveal the true meaning of the Vedas and revive the Vedic culture. Dayanand claimed no infallibility, propounding timeless truths, which stay valid for all time.
When founding the Arya Samaj at Mumbai (Bombay then) on April 18, 1875, he declared; "I am no know-all. If you discover any error (in my system), you may correct it with reason and argument".
Date of Birth: February 12, 1824
Place of Birth: Tankara, Gujarat
Birth-Name: Mool Shankar
Date of Death: October 31, 1883
Age: 59 yrs
Place of Death: Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Literary Works: Satyarth Prakash