Swami Dayanand was born on February 12, 1824 in Tankara in the western Indian state of Gujarat. At a time when Hinduism was divided between the various schools of philosophy and theology, Swami Dayanand went straight back to the Vedas as he considered them the most authoritative repository of knowledge and truth spoken in the "Words of God."
The main message of Swami Dayanand was "Back to the Vedas," which formed the bedrock of all his thoughts and actions. He spent his entire life preaching against many Hindu customs and traditions that were meaningless and oppressive, including idol worship and polytheism, casteism and untouchability, child marriage and forced widowhood, which were prevalent in the 19th century.
Swami Dayanand founded the Hindu reform organization called Arya Samaj in 1875, and also created its 10 principles which are quite distinct from Hinduism, yet based on the Vedas. These principles aimed at advancing the individual and society through physical, spiritual and social betterment of the human race. His objective was not to establish a new religion, but to re-establish the teachings of the ancient Vedas, our original scriptures... Read Full Article