MISSION AND MISSIONARY METHODS OF SWAMI DAYANANDA SARASWATI

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I was given freedom to choose a topic within the general theme, Mission in the context of multi- faith reality- Hinduism.  The general theme expected me to reflect upon Christian Mission in the context of religious pluralism with special reference to Hinduism.   This classical Christian missionary approach suggests that only Christians have a mission, and the Hindus are the objects of their mission.  Let me suggest a reversal of the approach in order to see that Hindus too may have mission.  I am presenting, in this paper, a case for a Hindu mission derived from the life and work of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, one of the pioneers of Hindu reform movements in the second half of nineteenth century.  Swamiji was the contemporary of great reformers of his time who  struggled  hard  to  present  their  form  of  Hindu  religion  to  their  fellow  men.     An understanding of his mission and missionary methods may give us an opportunity to gain a few new insights into our own mission and missionary methods.

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