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About Founder

About Founder

A profound thinker, philosopher, spiritual teacher and one of the greatest masters of Vedanta of our times, the founder of AIM for Seva, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati was born in 1930, in Manjakkudi (Kumbakonam), a small village on the banks of River Kaveri in Tamil Nadu.

As a world renowned spiritual teacher, Swamiji’s influence on the world stage has been enormous.  Posthumously awarded the Padma Bhushan, Swamiji was the founder of AIM for Seva, Swami Dayananda Educational Trust, Arsha Vidya Research & Publication Trust and Arsha Vidya Gurukulams in India and USA.

Though deeply rooted in the richness of Indian tradition, Swamiji was contemporary in his thinking and approach to the issues of the day. Swamiji’s impeccable logic, brilliant analysis, erudition, precise use of language, and humour made him the greatest teacher of Advaita Vedanta. His discourses taught the most profound truths in such simple language that it left the audience spellbound. Swami Dayananda Saraswati did not confine himself just to Vedanta. His benevolence and empathy extended to all civilisations, and all cultural forms that helped bring positive change in the lives of thousands of people. He strove to preserve, nurture and appreciate the diversity of human culture.

One of his founding principles with respect to AIM for Seva was that the youth of our nation should receive value education and culture validation. Swamiji advocated that education complemented with cultural outlook would bring in self esteem and confidence in an individual. Only someone who is taught to respect the richness of his or her roots could grow to become a self confident individual. It is self confidence and self esteem that impel a person to contribute towards and participate in the prosperity of his or her nation.


  • 1930– G Natarajan, later to be Swami Dayananda, born at Manjakkudi
  • 1953– First meeting with Sri Swami Chinmayananda
  • 1957– Appointed as Editor of Tyagi, the Chinmaya Mission magazine
  • 1962—Ordained as Swami Dayananda Saraswati
  • 1966-1970– Years of study and contemplation at Rishikesh
  • 1970-1979 –Teaching at Sandeepany, Mumbai
  • 1979– Moving to the US to teach at Sandeepany West, California
  • 1982– Establishing Arsha Vidya Pitham, Rishikesh
  • 1987–First Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Saylorsburg, PA, USA
  • 1990– Inauguration of teaching facility, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Anaikatti
  • 1999– Hindu Dharma Rakshana Samiti Speech on Conversion is Violence at Chennai
  • 2000—Millennium Peace Summit at the UN
  • 2000–Launching of All India Movement (AIM) for Seva at New Delhi
  • 2001—World Congress for the Preservation of Religious Diversity, New Delhi
  • 2000—Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, New Delhi
  • 2003– First Meet Chennai
  • 2005—Second Meet Mumbai
  • 2008—Third Meet Bangalore
  • 2010—Fourth Meet Hyderabad
  • 2002—Development of Manjakkudi as a model for rural education
  • 2002—Formation of a World Council of Religious Leaders, Bangkok Millennium Peace Summit for Women Religious Leaders
  • Geneva—2002
  • Jaipur—2008
  • 2004-05—Tsunami relief work
  • 2004– Inauguration of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur
  • 2006—Tirupati Declaration
  • 2006—Ram Sethu Issue
  • 2006—Tehri Dam Issue
  • 2006—Tirumurai and Oduvar tradition
  • 2007—Reviving temple traditions and Vedic culture
  • Hindu Jewish Dialogue
  • 2007—First Meet, New Delhi
  • 2008—Second Meet, Haifa, Jerusalem
  • 2008—International Inter religious Conference, faith in Human Rights The Hague, Netherlands
  • Hindu Buddhist Conference
  • 2009—First Conference, Cambodia
  • 2010—Second Conference, Sri Lanka
  • 2010-2011—Satabhisekam Year