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Hindu Revivalism in Bengal c.1872-1905Some Essays in Interpretation$

Amiya P. Sen

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195655391

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195655391.001.0001

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(p.431) Appendix C Appendix C (Part I)

(p.431) Appendix C Appendix C (Part I)

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Hindu Revivalism in Bengal c.1872-1905
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Oxford University Press

Bharatvarshiya Arya Dharma Procharini Sabha (Prospectus)

  1. A. Aims

    1. 1. To propagate Sanatan Hinduism as manifest in the sacred Vedas and thus to encourage the salvation of the common man.

    2. 2. To foster unity among all Indians irrespective of differences in origin, language, or culture and to promote the peaceful coexistence (of Hindus) with the people of other religions.

    3. 3. To encourage the study of the Sanskrit language.

    4. 4. To simplify the profound teachings of Hinduism so as to make that religion more attractive and acceptable to the community.

  2. B. Rules Governing the Sabha

    1. 1. The Bharatvarshiya Arya Dharma Procharini Sabha is an all-India body and neither a local nor a communal one.

    2. 2. The Working Capital at the disposal of the Sabha is to be no less than Rs 1 lakh, to be solely spent on the study and propagation of the Aryan religion and culture.

    3. 3. While this capital is being raised, the Sabha shall not accept anything other than donations that may be given from time to time. Monthly stipends will be acceptable only if offered by local religious bodies.

    4. 4. This body has no direct connection with the Monghyr Arya Dharma Procharini Sabha and shall accordingly function independently of that Sabha.

    5. 5. All other bodies or institutions running on similar lines and desirous of joining the Bharatvarshiya Sabha, shall be welcome. They shall thereafter be called Sahayogini Sabha (sister institutions).

    6. 6. The management of the Bharatvarshiya Arya Dharma Procharini Sabha shall be in the hands of twenty such men (including the Editor) who are known for their contribution to the cause of Aryan religion.

    7. 7. This Managing Committee shall be represented by prominent men from all parts of India.

    8. 8. The membership of the above Committee is subject to change, (p.432) excepting the posts of the Founder-Editor who, if he so wishes, may transfer his charge to any such person whom he thinks fit.

    9. 9. The special functions of the Committee include the appointment of the Dharmacharya (Ministers) and the effective regulation of the finances.

    10. 10. The quorum for the above Committee shall be four.

    11. 11. The Editor of the Bharatvarshiya Sabha shall be entrusted with the answering of all correspondence, collection of Sabha funds, and the control over its rightful expenditure. A statement of Accounts will be presented by him in Baisakh (April) every year.

  3. C. Rules Govering the Appointment of Dharmacharyas

    1. 1. Only such a person who is of excellent character, courteous and hardworking, a Dwija by birth, a reputed scholar of the Shastras and proficient in the languages Hindi, Bengali and Sanskrit shall be considered for the post of Dharmacharya.

    2. 2. He shall not criticize any religious community such as Vaishnavas, Shaktas, etc. On the other hand, he shall be expected to produce, during his lectures or discourses a syncretic picture of all religions.

    3. 3. While touring the different parts of the country, he shall be expected always to encourage the dissemination of true religious culture, to promote the cause of the Sabha and Sanskrit education, and to translate whenever he can, important Sanskrit works into Bengali.

    4. 4. He shall not be entitled to any charity or gifts other than eatables or clothing. All other articles given away in gift will be the property of the Sabha.

    5. 5. He shall be promptly relieved of his duties if found guilty of any misdemeanour.

Translated from Bengali. For the original see Dharmaprocharak, Aswin 1803 Shak. (September 1881): 762–5.