Vedas are the most ancient scriptures known to mankind. All Hindus follow Vaidic principles in essence but Arya Samaj stresses on the practical interpretation of Vaidic scriptures. Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati initially introduced 28 principles in Mumbai on April 10, 1875 A.D. Later on June 24, 1877 in Lahore he amended them and thus finally 10 basic principles of Arya Samaj were framed as the guiding force. These principles not only simplifies the life of a common man but also gave him a comprehensive, moderate and realistic view of life.
God is the primary
- God is the primary cause of all true science and of all that can be known through it.
- God is Existent, Intelligent and Blissful. He is Formless, Almighty, Just, Merciful, Unborn, Infinite, Unchangeable, Beginning-less, Incomparable, the Support and Lord of all, Omniscient, Imperishable, Immortal, Fearless, Eternal, Holy and the Maker of the universe. To Him alone worship is due.
- The Vedas are scriptures of true knowledge. It is the duty of all Aryans to read them, hear them, being read and recite them to others.
- We should always be ready to accept the truth and give up untruth.
- All actions should be performed in conformity with Dharma, that is, after due consideration of the right and wrong.
- The primary aim of the Arya Samaj is to do well for all, that is, promote physical, spiritual and social well-being.
- We should treat all people with love, fairness and due regard for their merit.
- We should aim at dispelling ignorance and promoting knowledge.
- One should not only be content with one's own welfare, but should look for it in the welfare for others also.
- One should regard oneself under restriction to follow altruistic rulings of the society, while all should be free in following the rules of individual welfare.
Publication & Distribution of Literature
The great works of sages and other renowned scholars, in the realm of Vedic, spiritual literature, have been published in many languages in beautiful & attractive form of books, c.d.s, calendars, pamphlets, photos etc., and are distributed & gifted to the people, in India and in abroad, who are associated with the ashram, to institutions and to others who deserve. In festivals, seminars and other programs of Arya Samaj in various places, this literature have been distributed through stalls. About 2 crore Rupees have been spent on the publication and distribution.