Agni-hotra is an integral part of the Vedic Heritage. Literally, Agni-hotra is the sacrificial fire, which is of three kinds: Gaarhapatya, Aahavaniya and Dakshina. The Vedas stand for the true knowledge, both physical and transcendental. The Vedic teachings are based on the intuition of the man, who meditated upon the Truth or Absolute to know what Paramaatman, Jivatman and Prakriti mean. Therefore the Vedas are said to be the guideline for Dharma, Artha, Kaama and Moksha, which can be attained through Purushartha and Praarabhdha. Purushartha stands for the actions based on morality, ethics and religious obligations.
More than a century ago, Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati founded a new religious and social reform movement. A movement that strived to revive the Vedic Way of Life. A movement that preached love, justice and righteousness towards all without distinction to race, cast or creed. A movement whose main goal was to make this world noble. The 10th of April 1875 saw the foundation of the first ever Arya Samaj – a Samaj that was primarily formed on the basis of intellectual thinking and differentiating Truth from Untruth.
God is unborn (never takes birth) and never dies. God neither comes into the body nor ever leaves it. God is VISHNU, which means all-pervading. His Nature is eternal, which means that all His qualities are eternal. His qualities, or names, are unchangeable, which means that He is eternally indestructible (ADITI). God is SATCHITANAND, which means He is Always-Existing, Always-Conscious, and Always-Blissful (unimaginably happy). God is formless (AKAYAM), but since He is all-pervading He assumes all forms, which simply means that He fills all space, all time, all matter (yet remains beyond it and is therefore distinct from all this). God is the essence of every living and non-living thing. In fact, we don’t even need to use the word ‘God’, as we can simply say the ‘Essence’.
Those human beings who are living a life of simplicity, with wisdom and devotion, are Aryas (good human beings). Those who are breaking the principles of non-violence, who are engaged in a constant battle to establish the supremacy of their little ego—they are known as Un-Aryas (fools), and they are being slaughtered in the world of Samsara, they are being cut to pieces, they are falling apart, they are running for cover (looking for an image to hide behind, to mask their own lies and self-deception). But sooner or later they must come out from behind their mask. The ego must be removed.
Every Arya must be a vegetarian because it is our real nature to be a vegetarian, and to go against our real nature is to go against our Dharma.
By ‘real nature’ is meant our Higher Nature, the nature of Atman (soul). Our real nature is to be non-violent. It is violent to kill animals and other creatures for our food, and to do so is a violation of the law of our being. ..
The Arya Samaj is a reform movement and religious/social organization which was formally established in Bombay in 1875. It's patron saint is Maharishi Dayananda. By patron saint we mean to say that he was the inspiration behind this movement and is taken to be the guide of all those who call themselves Arya Samajees. But Dayananda never referred to either himself or others as Arya Samajees or Arya Samajists...
ईश्वर ने ऋषियों को ज्ञान ,श्रुति ज्ञान के रूप में दिया | वेदों में परम सत्य ईश्वर की वाणी संगृहीत की गई है ,वेद हमारी प्राचीन भारतीय संस्कृति और अक्षुण्य भण्डार हैं। हमारे ऋषि-मुनियों ने युगों तक गहन चिंतन-मनन कर इस ब्रह्माण्ड में उपस्थित कण-कण के गूढ़ रहस्य का सत्यज्ञान वेदों में संगृहीत किया| उन्होंने अपना समस्त जीवन इन गूढ़ रहस्यों को खोजने में लगाकर भारतीय प्रथा, संस्कृति और परम्पराओं की नींव सुदृढ़ की। इन गूढ़ रहस्यों का विश्व के अनेक देशों के विद्वानों ने अध्ययन कर अपने-अपने देशों का विकास किया। चाहे वह चिकित्सा, औषधि शास्त्र का क्षेत्र हो या खगोल शास्त्र का, ज्योतिष शास्त्र का हो अथवा साहित्य का। बहुत से देशों (भारत ) के विद्वान आज भी इनका अध्ययन कर रहे हैं और उन्नति के मार्ग पर आगे बढ़ रहे हैं।...........
Swami Virajanand Saraswati was one of the greatest devotees of all times. His whole life was one of incessant toil and struggle against the adverse currents of misfortunes so common in this topsy-turvy world of ours. Without a Virajanand there could have been no Dayanand and without a Dayanand there could have been no revival of Vedic dharma which is so essential for our individual or national salvation. In this country mighty currents of thoughts of the merciful Buddha, of the scholarly Shanker, of the devout Chaitanya flow, but there are, beside these, beautiful fountains erected by the piety of Tukaram or Ramdasa, by the fervor of Nanak and Kabir, by the zeal of a Ramakrishna or a Virajanand to which a wary traveler can repair and drink deep to his entire spiritual consolidation.....
Dharma is an unusual word that it is missing in all non-Indian languages. On the other hand, religion is a word that is missing in the Indian languages. What is non-existent in a community does not find a word in that community – we all can firmly believe this to be true. For time immemorial, India was guided by dharma. About 6000 years ago, dharmasuffered its decline in the country and that began to give rise to the birth of religions.
हम आज बहुत गर्व से राम-कथा में अथवा भागवत-कथा में, कथा के अंत में कहते हैं ,
बोलिए — सत्य सनातन धर्मं कि !! जय !
तनिक विचारें ? सनातन का क्या अर्थ है ?
सनातन अर्थात जो सदा से है . जो सदा रहेगा , जिसका अंत नहीं है , वही सनातन है , जिसका कोई आरंभ नहीं है वही सनातन है , और सत्य मैं केवल हमारा धर्मं ही केवल सनातन है, यीशु से पहले ईसाई मत नहीं था , मुहम्मद से पहले इस्लाम मत नहीं था |
केवल सनातन धर्मं ही सदा से है , सृष्टि आरंभ से | किन्तु ऐसा क्या है हिंदू धर्मं में जो सदा से है ?