The Light of Truth    (Satyarth Prakash)

The Light of Truth (Satyarth Prakash)

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Author: Swami Dayanand Saraswati
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Dr. Chiranjiva Bharadwaja
Publisher: DAV Publication Division
Year: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 735
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788189492571


PREFACE by Swami Dayanand

“My chief aim in writing this book is to unfold truth. I have expounded truth as truth and falsehood as falsehood.

It is not my object to hurt anyone’s susceptibilities. On the other hand, my aim is to further the advancement and well-being of mankind, to help all men in the ascertainment of what is right, and enable them to accept truth and reject falsehood. In my opinion, there is no other way of elevating the human race.

I have incorporated into this book whatever is true in all religions and in harmony with their highest teachings but have refuted whatever is false in them.”
--- Swami Dayanand

There have been quite a few versions in English of the ‘Satyarth Prakash’ but the present one, translated by Dr. Chiranjiva Bharadwaja, a highly qualified doctor educated in English is regarded as the best. He had spent quite a few years in Mauritius propagating the Vedic Dharma. With his deep understanding of the subject, he made this translation not only quite authentic but easy to understand also. Wherever needed, he has given footnotes and explanations.


Part – I
Chapter 1 – A Holy Prayer
Chapter 2 – The Upbringing of Children
Chapter 3 – Education
Chapter 4 – Return Home from School and Married Life
Chapter 5 – Vanprasth and Sanyas
Chapter 6 – Raj Dharma or Service of Government
Chapter 7 – God and the Veda
Chapter 8 – Cosmogony
Chapter 9 – Knowledge and Ignorance, Emancipation and Bondage
Chapter 10 – Conduct-Desirable and Undesirable, Diet – Permissible and Forbidden

Part – II

Chapter 11 – An Examination of the Different Religions Prevailing in India
Chapter 12 – An Exposition and A Refutation of Charavka, the Buddhist and the Jain Faiths all of which are Atheistic
Chapter 13 – An Examination of the Doctrines of Christianity
Chapter 13 – An Examination of the Doctrines of Mohammedanism
A Statement of my Beliefs