In 1930, Satyavrata got actively involved in India’s freedom movement and was imprisoned for a year. A versatile scholar, Satyavrata went on to write on a wide range of subjects. These ranged from anthropology, sociology, Psychology and homeopathy to the Upanishads, the Gita, the Vedas and vedic culture, His book on sociology won him the prestigious Mangala Prasad Prasad prize from the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan. In 1962, he was nominated to the Indian Parliament by Dr. Radhakrishnan, the President of India. In 1978 he presided over the International Aryan conference at Nairobi. In 1981, he was honoured by the Bharatiya vidya Bhawan for his book ‘Scientific basis of Vedic thought’, written in Hindi.
All his writings bear the stamp of his clarity of thought and lucid style. His expositions on Vedic Culture, the Upanishads and the Gita are outstanding literary achievements.
Satyavrata’s late wife, srimati Chandravati Lakhanpal was also an educationist and author of repute, and a member of the first Upper House of the Indian Parliament. He is survived by a son.
There are 2 aspects of human life-theoretical and practical. With his original and constructive ideas, Rishi Dayanand created an upheaval amongst his contemporary thinkers. Whereas he attacked the conservative and dogmatic approach within the country; he also calmed down the materialistic approach of the west. He established the prestige and dignity of Vedic Culture of the ancient sages of India giving it a definite form in his treatise ‘Satyaarth Practical and without thoughtful action only sprouts. Without converting the dream into practical, the Rishi’s human would have been left like ‘Vaacho viglaapanam hi tat’-a well has meaning only when it is used . For a seed to grow into a tree; it has to sprout first. The aim of Rishi Dayanand was to create a commotion, an agitation, a movement in the man of his times, thereby developing a new human. He wanted to burn the trash and establish a foundation of a new of a new edifice of society where the new human and new society wake up from their slumber. To give a practical shape to this idea of creating a new human order, he wrote the ‘Sanskar Vidhi’. ‘Satyaarth Prakash’ is the exposition of his doctrine, his ideologh; ‘Sanskar Vidhi’ is the practical i.e. functional aspect of the same ideology. Picking up the cord from here, we have undertaken to write the exposition and commentary of the exposition and commentary of the ‘Sanskar Vidhi’
Many scholars have done research on ‘Sanskar Vidhi’. The Photostat of the original ‘Sanskar Vidhi’ has been published by the Arya Sahitya Prachar Trust. Under the auspices of the Ram Lal Kapur Trust, ‘The Arya Samaj Shatabdi Sabskaran’ has been published with various comments. The Vedic Press has published this many times with amendments and has taken out many editions.
Wherever possible we have considered these opinions, however, it has been our endeavour to maintain the statements and language as stated by Rishi Dayanand. With all these comments, it does not make much difference in the prescribed rites and ceremonies. What influence or difference it can make where one word has been added or deleted? The essence is to reach the inner soul (Atma0 of the Sanskar.
Our book is not a document of rectification of research, the aim of this commentary is to reach the soul of ‘Sanskar Vidhi’ and try to understand it. Therefore, it has been called as the scientific commentary on ‘Sanskar Vidhi’. About 50 to 60 years back, work was done by Pt. Atmaram and pt. Bhimsen Sharma with whose efforts a book by the name of "Sanskar Chandrika" was published. Actually there is a lot of difference between that work and this one inspite of a slight similarity in the title. This difference will become clear while studying this book.
We have divided each sanskar in 2 Parts-‘Vivechanatmak’(analytical part) and ‘Mantraarth sahit vidhi’ (Ritual part with meanings of mantras). In the analytical part, reflections have been put forth concerning that sanskar about the scientific, psychological and philosophical point of view. In the ritual part, various headings for each ritual have been given to make it clear and simple so that there is no difficulty while conducting the sanskar.
While giving meanings of the mantras, the Sanskrit words are given in bold type within brackets and the meanings of the words are given in light type outside the brackets. The idea is that if only the Sanskrit vocabulary is read then the meaning of the mantra based on figure of speech is understood. Whereas if only the hindi meaning is read, then effort has been made that the meanings of mantra convey a meaningful sentence. Generally it is observed that while giving the meaning, commentators only write the meanings of the words. After the meaning of the mantra, substance of the mantra, substance of the mantra has also been given so that there is an awareness of the deep inner aim of the mantra.
There are always a few mistakes, howsoever carefully the proof is read, therefore, I shall be grateful and thankful if any errors are pointed out. Whatever mistakes have come to my notice, an addenda has been given at the back.
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