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Arya Samaj Florida Vedic Cultural and Spiritual Center April 13, 2014 139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Presented by Dr. Chandreshwar Singh
Arya Samaj Florida NAMASTE Welcome to the second session of our very special yagya The 139th Anniversary of Arya Samaj
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation OM STUTA MAYA VARDA VEDMAATAA PRACHODAYANTAM PAVMANI DWI-JANAM AWYUH PRAANAM-PRAJAM PASUM KIRTIM DRAVINAM BRAHMAVARCHASAM, MAHYAM DATVA VRAJAT BRAHMA LOKAM. (Atharva Veda 19-16) We pray to You O Dear God, Vedmaataa, Mother of Vedas, You gave us yet another human birth; help us to resist evil thoughts, evil words and evil deeds. Guide us O Dear God onto the right path and grant us boons that give us long life, riches, good children, fame and glory. O God, guide us to enjoy the creation You set before us and teach us to give daan and ultimately give up every possession to join You in Brahma Lok.
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation What is the Arya Samaj? The Arya Samaj is a socio-cultural organization founded by Maha Rishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati in 1875. The mission of the Samaj is to mold the lives of its members and all others according to the message of the Vedas. The Vedas contain pure knowledge that is original, universal and complete. The Vedas were revealed at the dawn of creation for all mankind without distinction or discrimination of race, color, caste, creed or sex. The idea behind this universality is: God is one, His creation is one, His law is one, Humanity is one, Revelation is one.
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Swami Dayanand Saraswati
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Swamiji was born in 1825 in Tankara village in Saurastra, Gujarat. His father was a devotee of Lord Shiva. On Shivratri night, the devotees keep fast and spend their whole day and night in temples. Moolshanker also kept fast on that day. At night when all the devotees in the temple fell fast asleep Moolshanker was eagerly waiting for the appearance of lord Shiva. Instead of Lord Shiva, a mouse appeared and after climbing on the Shivling (murti), it started polluting the offerings made by the devotees. He thought, “Is this the real lord Shiva? No, definitely not, I will search for the real lord.” He woke up his father and put his questions before him. His father could not answer his questions. This day is celebrated as Rishibodh divas or enlightment day by his followers.
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation After a few years, Moolshanker left his home in search of the real God and truth. He met many yogis and sages but was disappointed everywhere. At last he met a blind sage, Swami Virjananad, in Mathura. He studied for about three years; and from this great master, he received the key to unlock the eternal treasures of the Vedas. After finishing his education he begged leave, and according to Vedic tradition, he offered dakshina. He had only few cloves with him; so he offered them to his Guru. His guru uttered a historic sentence, "O Dayanand a handful of cloves are not a fit dakshina to a guru, what I need is your precious life, do take the difficult task of the revival of the eternal Vedic Dharma and dispel ignorance of sin."
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Swami Dayanand took a vow to teach and preach the holy Vedas. He suffered and sacrificed his all for truth and Vedic culture, his country, suffering humanity, animals, widows and orphans. Truth was dearer to him than name, fame and prestige. In 1883, he died for the same noble cause. (Bhajan: Aarya Samaaj Kartaa) His contribution to philosophy can be summed up in a few words. “He has awaken us to our golden philosophy of life. A philosophy of the reality of God, reality of man and reality of the universe in which man has to live. He reminded us of the Vedic teaching that God is unborn, uncreated, blissful and is perfect.”
The Rig Veda: Acikit-vaan-cik-tusas, cid atra kaviin, prachaami vidmane na vidvaan Vi yas tastambha, salimaa rajaam-syajasya, rupe kimapi svid eekam. Prem Se Bolo Swamiji ki Jai The wise sages know and they tell us about the one unborn Lord who upholds the Universe. 139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation
The Atharva Veda: Ya etam devam ekavrtam veda Sarve asmin deva eka vrto bhavanti Sa sarvasmai vi pasyati, yacca pranati yacca na Tam idam nigatam sahah sa, esa eka ekavrd eka eva To him who knows, there is only one God. All deities are but different names of the One. He is the One who oversees what breathes and what does not breathes. He is the One with all the power and the authority. 139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation
Swamiji believed in that law of karma. Everyone has to reap the fruits of his action whether good of bad. Jiase Karni Waisi Bharni Jo boyega vahee payega, jo boyega vahee payega Teraa kiya aage ayega. Sukh dukh hai kya, phal karmo kaa Jaisee karanee vaisee bharanee, Jaisee karanee vaisee bharanee Sabse badee puja hai, mata pita kee seva Sabse badee puja hai, mata pita kee seva Kismat valo ko hi, milata hai yeh mauka Hath se apane, kho mat dena, mauka yeh khidmat kaa Jannat kaa dar khul jayega, teraa kiya aage ayega Sukh duhkh hai kya, phal karmo kaa
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Jaisee karanee vaisee bharanee, Jaisee karanee vaisee bharanee Chahe na puje murat, chahe na tirath jaye Chahe na puje murat, chahe na tirath jaye Mat pita ke tan me, sare dev samaye Tu inaka dil, khush rakhe toh, ishvar khush ho jaye Bhagvan tujhko mil jayega, teraa kiya aage ayega Sukh duhkh hai kya, phal karmo kaa Jaisee karanee vaisee bharanee, Jaisee karanee vaisee bharanee Jaisee karanee vaisee bharanee, Jaisee karanee vaisee bharanee
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Swamiji boldly declared that the Vedas do not sanction caste system, idolatry and sacrifices of animals in the name of God. He said that divine knowledge of the Vedas is meant for all. No man of any caste or class of any time can be deprived of the divine wisdom of Vedas.
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation What does the Ramayana teach us about Class/Caste: When Shabaree met Shri Ram and Lakshmana, she declared that she was of low birth and dull in intelligence. She said that she, being a woman, ranks as the lowest of the low. She then offered them berries that she tasted first to make sure they were the best ones.
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Shri Ram replied: Kaha Raghupati, sunu Bhamini baataa, Maana-u ek bhagati kar naataa Jaati paati kul dharma baraa-ee, Dhan bal parijan gun chatu-raa-ee Bhagati heen nar sohai kaisaa, Bin jal baarid dekhia jaisa Listen to my words, O most beautiful Lady! I recognize no relationship other than devotion. Considerations of caste, family, religion, social prestige, wealth, power, connections, virtue and ability are of no value if a person is lacking devotion. A man without devotion is as useless as a cloud without water.
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation The Mahabharata Once Yudhistira, the eldest Pandu brother asked his younger brother Nakula to fetch some water from a far away pool. Sahadeva, Arjuna and the mighty Bhima who went to look for Nakula, all fell into deathlike states because they did not heed the voice that advised them that they had to answer some questions before they could get water. The wise Yudhisthira went in search of his brothers and agreed to answer the questions. One of the questions was: “What makes one a Brahmana? Is it birth, good conduct, or learning; answer decisively.”
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Yudhisthira’s answer was: “Birth and Learning do not make one a brahmana. Good conduct alone does. However learned a person may be, he will not be a brahmana if he is a slave to bad habits. Even though he may be versed in the four Vedas, a man of bad conduct falls to a lower class.”
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Women have equal right to read and recite the hymns of Vedas and in other affairs. It is a great sin to deny this right to any person on account of his sex, age or class. Swamiji said that man is born as a vegetarian and he should be a vegetarian. This is said in Vedas also. It is against humanity and also a crime against the creation of God. The world is now starting to accept that a vegetarian diet is healthier than a non- vegetarian diet.
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Swamiji preached against the practice of Sati
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Swamiji preached against the practice of Sati
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Swamiji preached against child marriage. She was 6 and he was 25.
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Amlee, a five-year old bride gets married to 15 year old Ashok.
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Swamiji preached against ill treatment of Widows
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Let us join in praise of Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati.
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Let us join in praise of Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati. Duniya Waalo Dev Dayananda, deep jalaane aayaa thaa Bhool chuke the raahe apnee, wo dikhlaane aaya thaa Ghor andheera jag me chaayaa, nazar nahi kuchh aataa thaa Maanav maanav kee thokar se, jab thukraayaa jaataa thaa Arya jaati, so-ee paree thee, ghar ghar jaake jagaayaa thaa Baat gayaa saaraa tukre tukre, bhaarat desh jaagero me Sashaan karte log videshee, josh nahi thaa veero me Bhaarat maa ko, mukt kiyaa jo, jagree thee zanzeero me
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation Let us join in praise of Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati. Jab tak jag me chaar dishaaye, kudrat ke ye nazaare hai Sagar nadiyaa dhartee ambar, parvat jangal saare hai Pathik rajhegaa, naam Riska kaa, jab tak chaand sitaare hai
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation OM SAN-GA-CHAD-VAM SAMVEDHAM SAMVO MANAMSI JANATAAM DEVAA BHAAGAM YATHAA PURVAY SAMJA NAANAA UPASATE (Rig Veda 10 - 191:2) Come together, talk together, Let our minds be in harmony. Common be our prayer, Common be our end, Common be our purpose, Common be our deliberations, Common be our desires, United be our hearts, United be our intentions, Perfect be the union among us.
139th anniversary of Arya Samaj Foundation NAMASTE