Category: Swami Dayananda Saraswathi



Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati was a distinguished, traditional teacher of Vedanta. His depth of understanding and nuanced appreciation of both Eastern and Western cultures made him that rare teacher who could communicate the vision of non-duality to modern listeners. He was able to make one see, with immediacy, the truth of oneself as the whole.

An eminent teacher of Vedanta and an erudite scholar in Sanskrit, Swamiji was well known for his excellent communication skills. Swamiji taught Vedanta in India for more than five decades, and around the world from 1976. In his public talks abroad, Swamiji spoke at many prestigious forums, and addressed international conventions, UNESCO and the United Nations, where he participated in the Millennium Peace Summit.


by Swami Dayananda Saraswati

[ Published in the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam 15th Anniversary Souvenir, 2001 ]

As we have Father’s Day and Mothers Day, Gurus also have their own day. This day is Gurupūrṇimā and it marks the anniversary of Veda Vyāsa, who occupies an exalted place in the hierarchy of teachers. Although there were also gurus for Veda Vyāsa, we look upon Vyāsa as the one who forms a link between the teachers that we know and the teachers that we don’t know.

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What is the meaning of Life

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

If we take the word “meaning” to be “goal”, the meaning of life certainly cannot be death. If death is the goal of life, then I need not be born at all, the goal being my absence. If I was absent before I was born, I do not need to be born in order not to be. So, I cannot say that death is the goal of life.
Nor can I say that anything other than life itself is the goal of life.

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Availability of the Mind, Śama

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

What is this Śama? The author of the Tattvabodha says, mano nigrahaḥ. What does mano nigrahaḥ mean? They will generally translate this as mind control, or mind destruction—as though the mind needs to be destroyed.  Anyone who wants mind destruction is already destroyed, otherwise, why should he need mind destruction? His whole thinking is destroyed, so he wants to get rid of his mind. Mind baiting is the biggest thing in the world;

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Eight Significant Verses of the Bhagavad Gītā

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

[Published with detailed commentary in the 16th Anniversary Souvenir 2002 of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam.]

bg_hsc1. The two-fold committed life-styles

loke ‘smin dvi-vidhā niṣṭhā purā proktā mayānagha |
jñāna-yogena sāńkhyānāṃ karma-yogena yoginām || 3-3||

anagha – Oh! Sinless One; asmin – in this; loke – world; dvividhā – two-fold;
niṣṭhā – committed life-styles; purā – in the beginning; mayā – by me;

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Viveka, What Do I Really Want?

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

[Transcribed by Constance Dimartino from classes on Vākya Vṛitti by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg — September, 1997]

SwamiDayanandaOne has a certain discriminative knowledge with reference to what one wants. Because you seem to want a lot of things, you have to discriminate about what you really want. For instance, you may want money. This desire for money may simply be due to a pragmatic need or it can be based on a value attached to it beyond its actual worth.

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Discovering Love

Swami Dayananda Saraswati

[Transcribed from a speech Swami Dayananda Saraswati gave at Chennai in 1998]

discoveringloveLove is a very ancient topic. Gods, playwrights, musicians and poets have glorified the meaning of the word ‘love’. But love is not like other emotions. It is not that there are many emotions of which one is love. No, it is the only emotion. In certain forms, it is called compassion, empathy and sympathy,

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