Arya Samaj Florida Lauderdale
The mission of this institution is to establish and operate a traditional non profitable organization for the purpose of providing a place of worship to study vedic culture, philosophy and a way of life. Along with this, our goal is to organize and facilitate, religious, spiritual, educational and cultural activities within our community. With this, they hope to retain our traditional vedic knowledge as taught by our Swami Dayanand.
The doctrines of the Arya Samaj Movement are summed up in Ten Principles:
1. God is the primary cause of all true science and of all that can be known through it.
2. God is Existent, Intelligent and Blissful. He is Formless, Almighty, Just, Merciful, Unborn, Infinite, Unchallengeable, Beginning-less, Incomparable, the Support and Lord of all, Omniscient, Imperishable, Immortal, Fearless, Eternal, Holy and the Creator of the universe. To Him alone worship is due.
3. The Vedas are scriptures of true knowledge. It is the duty of all Aryas to read them, hear them being read and recite them to others.
4. All persons should be ready to accept the truth and give up untruth.
5. All action should be performed in conformity with Dharma that is, after due consideration of the right and wrong.
6. The primary aim of the Arya Samaj is to do good for all, that is, promote physical, spiritual and social well-being.
7. All people should be treated with love, fairness and due regard for their merit.
8. One should aim at dispelling ignorance and promoting knowledge.
9. One should not only be content with one’s own welfare, but should look for it in the welfare for others also.
10. One should regard oneself under restriction to follow altruistic rulings of society, while all should be free in following the rules of individual welfare
Swamiji rejected all non-Vedic beliefs altogether. Hence the Arya Samaj unequivocally condemned idolatry, animal sacrifices, ancestor worship, pilgrimages, priest craft, offerings made in temples, the caste system, untouchability and child marriages, on the grounds that all these lacked Vedic sanction. It aimed to be a universal movement based on the authority of the Vedas. Swami Dayananda stated that he wanted ‘to make the whole world Aryan (Noble). That is, he wanted to develop a missionary Hinduism based on the universality of the Vedas.