The patriotism of
Swamy Dayananda was not merely an effusion of words. He was also a man of heroic action.
The War of Independence in 1857 was a failure. The Indian National Congress was born in
1885. Swamy Dayananda was one of the heroes who, after the 1857 failure, kept the love of
freedom alive in the hearts of Indians till the Congress was founded. For this purpose he
travelled throughout India. He tried to bring the princes of different states together and
so he founded several
Branches of the Arya Samaj in places like Jodhpur, Udaipur and Shahpur, and many
princes became his disciples. Swamy Dayananda was fully convinced that only an armed
revolution could drive the British out of India. Therefore he sent a noted
revolutionary, Shyamji Krishna Varma, to France, so that he might receive inspiration as
well as training for his mission.
Arya Samaj and the gurukulas (homes of gurus wheredisciples stayed and received
shaped patriots and gave them training and inspiration for armed revolution. Swamy
Shraddhananda, Bhai Parama- nanda, Lala Lajapat Ray and Lala Hardayal were Arya Samajists
who openly fought to drive the British out of India. Famous young revolutionaries like
Gendalal Dixit, Roshanial and Ramprasad Bismil were proud to call themselves Arya
From the very beginning the British were suspicious of Swamy Dayananda. Therefore, a
team of spies followed the Swamiji everywhere. It has been found that the British had a
hand in the poisoning of the Swamiji at Jodhpur.