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कृण्वन्तो विश्वमार्यम्

Need for Standard Books on Vedic Upanishads

Maharshi Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the founder of the Arya Samaj believed that 10-11 principal Upanishads (on which Great Shankaracharya wrote commentaries) are written by Vedic Rishis and if properly understood they can serve as an effective means for understanding Vedic concepts. Therefore, they are to be carefully studied. These Upanishads are not revealed knowledge, but they are considered as experienced knowledge of the Rishis. Therefore, in order to comprehend the Vedic principles - mostly spiritual matters one has to read them. In his “Satyarth Prakash” (Light of Truth) Swami Dayananda has quoted many verses from the Upanishads in support of his various postulates on God, universe, etc. But he has not given out any special book on Upanishads. Afterward many learned scholars of his mission like Mahatma Narayan Swami, Prof. Satyavratta Siddhantalankara, Swami Darshanacharya and Swami Satya Prakash etc wrote a few books on Upanishads. Still it is felt that some proficient scholar of Arya Samaj should give a fresh, concise and authentic exposition of these Upanishads in the most up-to-date language (Hindi as well as English), so that even our new and young generation also may like to read it with great interest assimilating the correct philosophical understanding of Vedic spiritual science. In market we find that most of the books written on Upanishads are colored by Shankacharya’s monism (adwaitvad), which is incompatible with the Vedic theory of three eternals – God, Matter and Soul. For this reason, the learned personalities of Arya Samaj should think for publication of attractive and reliable literature on Upanishads.
= Bhavesh Merja