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सत्यर्थ प्रकश - Satyartha Prakasha
Sandhya (Prayer)
Homa (Agnihotra)
“I have not come to preach any new dogmas or religion, nor to establish a new order, nor to be proclaimed a new Messiah or Pontiff. I have only brought before my people the light of the Vedic Wisdom which had been hidden during the centuries of India’s thralldom.” Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati
    To understand the true meaning of this book you must apply the
    The four subsidiary means of reasoning:

  1. Listening or reading most attentively with a calm mind to the lectures of a learned man, and more so if the subjects are a divine Science, because it is the most abstruse and the subtlest of all the sciences.
  2. Thinking over what one has heard or read in retirement, and in removing doubts if there be any by questioning the speaker. Questions may sometimes be asked even in the middle of a discourse if the speaker and the audience think proper.
  3. Rationalizing is the next step. When all doubts are cleared after hearing or reading a discourse and thinking over it, let the enquirer enter into a higher condition (see the prelimnary stages of yoga) where the mind alternates between the correct knowledge and wrong knowledge whether it is the same as he had heard and reasoned out or not.
  4. Self-realization is the highest condition achieved through intensed and continued or uninterrupted effort in study and practiced which results in the correct knowledge of the nature, properties and characteristics of the desired object.
  1. An exposition of Aum and the other names of God.
  2. The up-bringing of Children
  3. Education:- duties and qualifications of scholars.
  4. Marriage and married life.
  5. The order of Asceticism.
  6. Science of Government.
  7. The Vedas and God.
  8. The creation, Sustenance and Dissolution of the Universe
  9. Knowledge and ignorance, and emancipation and bondage
  10. Conduct(desirable and undesirable) and of Diet (permissible and forbidden)
  11. Criticism of various religions and sects prevailing in India.
  12. Criticism of the Charvaka, Buddhism and Jainism.
  13. Criticism of the Bible.
  14. Criticism of Islam.
    My statement of belief
"Knowledge alone is the inexhaustible treasure; the more you spend it, the more it grows. All other treasures run out by spending, the claimants inherit their shares as well. Thieves cannot steal this treasure, nor, can anyone inherit it." Swami Dayanand "Savitarka Samadhi (discriminating intellect) is that in which knowledge based only on words, real knowledge and ordinary knowledge based on sense perception or reasoning are present in a mixed state and the mind alternates between them." Patanjali
Opening notes

The Satyartha Prakhash (The light of Truth) is the masterpiece of Swami Dayanand Saraswati. Some call it as Magnum Opus. No doubt, it is a great literary undertaking, as the lexicographic contents denote. But I go a step further. The lexicon (Oxford) says, Magnum, a bottle containing a certain quantity of wine. But as the great writer of this masterpiece Swami Dayanand was a symbol of ultimate morality and spiritualism and was a sage of standing, he never touched a drop of wine. And so his present work down not contain any such alcoholic impact. But one thing is undoubtedly true about it. This great, book is, indeed, and encyclopedia of the various contemporary social religious and political currents cross-currents and movements going on at the time of the writer's life. To go it further, the writer has not spared the past events and guiding philosophies, which has polluted the human mind and deteriorated man's quest for true knowledge and right way of life.

When one analyzes this work for this angle, we have witnessed that this great masterwork of Swami Dayanand Saraswati positively made the revolution in the socio-political fabric not only of the Indians but of the whole mankind. It created a new flutter and awakening in the society, that made the various thinkers and followers and scholars of different faiths and sects to make drastic changes in their concepts, beliefs and interpretations contained in their Books of Faith. No doubt, much more crusading spirit was witnessed among the readers of this book who hailed from different races, communities and groups. The word Magnum, therefore, has no parallel like that in the context of this work. Its repeated study, research and investigation have greatly contributed to the thinking of humankind, since it was written by the author, more than a hundred years ago.

The liberal angle which motivated the writer is summed up by him in the introduction, where he unfailingly disclaimed to start a new sect or religion and laid his firm faith in the oneness of human society.
The introduction has Swami's following words:-

"………..there is not the remotest idea to hurt the feelings of any person either directly or indirectly; but on the contrary, the book proposes that men should distinguish truth from falsehood. Thus alone can the human race steadily advance on the path of happiness, since none but the preaching of truth is the cause of the improvement of the human family."

Such a selfless exposition by the writer has found a distinct position for this author in the world literature of this kind. The English translation of his book was rendered by Dr. Chiranjiva Bharadwaja in the last century. It enjoys greater popularity and has already run into a number of reprints. The Sabha has brought it out to meet the great and persistent demand and as a present on the sacred occasion of Swami Dayanand's Nirvan (Death) Centenary which being celebrated all over the world this year, under the Sabha's aegis.

Satyartha Prakash means the Light of Truth. In fact, it is a Light House in the ocean of knowledge, where human mind can anchor at safe point during the turmoil and tempest. That way, this book has weightage over other works numbering……… written by the Swami during his life time.

Ram Gopal Shalwale

June 1984
Sarvadeshik Arya Pratinidhi Sabha
Dayanand Bhavan, Ramlita Ground
New Delhi -11002 (India)

"The man who resolves, to stick to the truth at all costs, steadily rises in virtues. When his virtues raise his reputation and prestige, he becomes all the more a devotee of truth. This devotion to truth becomes an unerring source of power and greatness." Swami Dayanand