Acharya Dharma Dev, Vidya Martand (Feb. 12 -1901-Nov.8-1978.) was a renowned vedic scholar, educationist, thinker, editor, linguist and a vedic missionary.
One of the closest disciples of Swami Shradhanand, he graduated from the Gurukul Kangari University (U.P.) He received the degree of Siddanthalankar on March 23,1921 and was later awarded Vidya Vachaspati for his thesis on Indian Sociology. The Gurukul Kangari University conferred on him its highest honorary degree-Vidya Martand in recognition of is undisputable scholarship and contribution to the vedic literature.
He started his career as Acharya of the Gurukul Multan (now in Pakistan) instruction from Swami Shradhanand, he worked for the: propagation of vedic religion in South India from 1921 to 1941. During the course of his mission in South India, he mastered Kannada. Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam languages. Besides, he also learnt several European languages at his own initiative.
From 1942 to 1953, he: published the main monthly magazine of Aryan International League. (Delhi) which he also served in various capacities.
From 1954 to 1963, he compiled 'Sanskrit Hindi Angrezi Kosh' under the aegis of Shradhanand Pratishthan (Gurukul Kangari University). During this period, he also edited Gurukul Patrika, (the: periodical journal of the University).
Some of his masterly works included: The Sublimity of the vedas, Christianity and the Vedic Dharma, Catechism of Vedic Dharma and Aryasamaj,Maharshi Dayanand and Mahatma Gandhi, The mission and message of Maharsi Dayanand, Dharamveer Swami Shradhanand, Bhartiya Samajsastra, Vedik Sankrit, the Mother of all Languages, Buddha an Arya Reformer Vedic Kartavya Sastra vedon Ka Yatharth Swaroop, Striyon Ka Vedadhyan aur Karmkand me Adhikar. He also translated into English the Commentery of Swami Dayanand on Rigveda. Besides, he also did his own English translation of Samveda with notes and comments.
He took to Sanyas on Feb.8, 1976. His end came in Jwalapur on Nov. 8 1978.
Vedas are the repository of divine knowledge. At the time of creation, Omniscient God revealed this knowledge through four risis-Agni, Vayu, Aditya and Angira.
The idea was that everyone should know his/her duties and rights relating to the self, the society, the nation and the universe.
Through His divine vision, God also foresaw the problems that the mankind could suffer in the times to come and offered His solutions to avert confrontation/conflict and tension thus ensuring peace, progress and prosperity on this earth.
All the ancient scriptures like Upnisads, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Shraut Sutra, Dharma Sutra, Grih Sutra etc. confirm the traditional belief that the divine knowledge contained in the vedas is self-evident and needs no further proof of its authenticity and justness.
Says the Mimansa Sastra:" (anything contrary to the spirit of vedas found in any other scripture is unauthentic and against the dharma.)
In this book I have selected and dealt with a few human problems like gloom and despair, corruption and misconduct, science and spirituality, population explosion, criminalisation of politics, poverty and unemployment, rights and duties and attempted on the basis of my study and research, what solutions the vedas offer to make our lives worth living.
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