Swami Dayanada Saraswati was born on 12 February 1824 at Tankara in Rajkot district of Gujarat.
Swami Dayanand Sarasvati
Interpretation of Veda, A Monumental Effort
He interpreted the Veda for the modern world.
Across times, very few have interpreted the Veda for the people to understand. They have done so to explain them for the needs and times of their era.
Krishna Himself explained the Veda 5000 years ago.
Yaska did so a few thousand years ago.
Sayana Acharya who lived in the Vijayanagar kingdom around 1600 CE did so 400 years ago.
Max Muller took Sayana Acharya’s work and gave his own explanation in English and German.
Sri Aurobindo also explained the Veda during the freedom struggle.
Infact, Upanishads themselves are explanations of the Veda.
Explanation of the Veda has been a regular endeavour. Vedas need to be explained in contemporary perspectives.
Swami Dayananda Sarasvati carried out such an effort for the modern world. His contribution was such a monumental one.
First to use the word Swaraj
Swami Dayanand Sarasvati was the first to give the call, Swaraj, meaning Self-Rule. This call was later on taken up other freedom fighters like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, towards India’s freedom.
The Arya Samaj, an offspring of his efforts was founded on 7th April 1875. This organization has spread to many countries in the last 140 years, propagating the Vedic knowledge of the land.
First to Refute Aryan Invasion Theory
Swami Dayanand Sarasvati was the first to refute the Aryan Invasion Theory, which was propagated by Max Muller and the British administrators to divide and rule India – a theory which has been discarded by all academicians of the world in the last few decades, except for a handful, still carrying a colonial baggage.
A Thinker, A Reformer
He was a thinker, a reformer, a person who understood the ethos of the ancient Vedic knowledge, the land and its people.
Swami Dayanand Sarasvati passed away on October 30th, 1883 at Ajmer, Rajasthan.