Mahakumbha of Arya Samaj in November 2009

A three-day Mahakumbha of Arya Samaj at Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, organized to commemorate the first meeting of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, the founder of Arya Samaj, with his teacher Acharya Virjanand 150 years ago will begin on November 6, 2009. The historic meeting between Swami Dayanand Saraswati and a blind Acharya Virjanand sowed the seeds for the formation of Arya Samaj - Hindu reform movement founded in 1875.

When Swami Dayanand arrived at Mathura to study from Swami Virjanand - after introduction and asking about the study done by Swami Dayanand, Swami Virjanand told him to go and throw all his books in the river Ganaga and come and learn with an open mind - to improve your knowledge one has to start with an open mind rather than pre-conceived mind; one has to be like a dry sponge ready to absorb the waters of knowledge.

Some of the important teachings of Arya Samaj are:

God is the efficient cause of all true knowledge and all that is known through knowledge.

God is existent, intelligent and blissful. He is formless, omniscient, just, merciful, unborn, endless, unchangeable, beginning-less, unequalled, the support of all, the master of all, omnipresent, immanent, un-aging, immortal, fearless, eternal and holy, and the maker of all. He alone is worthy of being worshiped.

The prime object of the Arya Samaj is to do good to the world, that is, to promote physical, spiritual and social good of everyone.

Arya Samaj the Vedas as the scriptures of all true knowledge.

Mahakumbha of Arya Samaj in November 2009 includes Arya Samaj International Conference, Ayurved Conference, Gurukula Conference, Veda and Science conference, Arya Mahila Sammelan and two-day Yoga programme by Swami Ramdev on November 7 and 8.