Hindu Ashrams and Hindu Organizations
When was Arya Samaj founded?
Arya Samaj was founded on April 7th, 1875 at Bombay, India, by Maharishi
What was the purpose of Arya Samaj?
Arya Samaj was founded in the pre-independence era of India. The
purpose was to move the Hindu Dharma away from all the fictitious beliefs,
and go back to the teachings of Vedas.
What is the primary goal of Arya Samaj?
The goal of the Arya Samaj has always been, Krinvanto Vishvam Aryam - Make
This World Noble.
On what principles is Arya Samaj based?
Arya Samaj is based on the basic teachings of Vedas. These teachings are
summarized in 10 basic principles.
God is the efficient cause
of all true knowledge and all that is known through knowledge.
God is existent, intelligent
and blissful. He is formless, omniscient, just, merciful, unborn, endless,
unchangeable, beginning-less, unequalled, the support of all, the master
of all, omnipresent, immanent, un-aging, immortal, fearless, eternal and
holy, and the maker of all. He alone is worthy of being worshiped.
The Vedas are the scriptures
of all true knowledge. It is the paramount duty of all Aryas to read them,
teach them , recite them and to hear them being read.
One should always be ready
to accept truth and to renounce untruth.
All acts should be performed
in accordance with Dharma that is, after deliberating what is right and
The prime object of the Arya
Samaj is to do good to the world, that is, to promote physical, spiritual
and social good of everyone.
Our conduct towards all
should be guided by love, righteousness and justice.
We should dispel Avidya
(ignorance) and promote Vidya (knowledge).
No one should be content
with promoting his/her good only; on the contrary, one should look for
his/her good in promoting the good of all.
One should regard oneself
under restriction to follow the rules of society calculated to promote the
well being of all, while in following the rules of individual welfare all
should be free.
What is the role of Arya Samaj in the 1990s and beyond?
The role of Arya Samaj in the 1990s and beyond is very important. Arya Samaj
today strives to promote, preserve, and realize the Vedic heritage.
Is Arya Samaj active outside India?
The Arya Samaj organization is live and sound in all parts of the world.
Arya Samaj has branches in countries around the world including, United
States, Canada, Guyana, Surinam, Trinidad, Mexico, United Kingdom,
Netherlands, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, Mauritius,
Pakistan, Burma, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia.
What role does Arya Pratinidhi Sabha America play in North
Arya Samaj in United States and Canada is a big movement. Almost all big
cities of these two North American counties have Arya Samaj branches. Arya
Pratinidhi Sabha America is a network of all Arya Samajs in North America.
Annually, the Sabha meets at its flagship event, the Arya Maha Sammelan. The
first Sammelan was held in Detroit in 1991, 2nd in Toronto in 1992, 3rd in
Chicago in 1993, 4th in New Jersey in 1994, 5th in 1995 in Detroit, 6th in
1996 in New York, and 7th in Chicago, 8th in Los Angeles, California, and
9th in Toronto, Canada. The 10th Arya Maha Sammelan will be held on August
18-19-20, 2000 in New York.
Arya Pratinidhi Sabha America is very active in forming new Arya Samaj
chapters around the country. Constant work is being done to progress is this
Sabha also maintains a library of books and literature related to Arya Samaj.
It also contains audio and video volumes of Bhajans
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