Satyarth Prakash vs Vedas - God forgives sins

Swami Dayanand says that sins cannot be forgiven whereas the Holy Vedas say that God can forgive Sins

  • Satyarth Prakash Chapter 7 (Saptamsamullas)

  • Swami Dayanand Saraswati is saying here that God does not forgive the sins of a devotee. This is completely opposite to what is written in the Vedas. Please see below

  • Yajurved Adhyay 8 Mantra 13 (from Yajur Ved by Arya Samaj Jamnagar. Go to page 25)


    हे सब के उपकार करने वाले मित्र ! आप दान देने वाले के अपराध के विनाश करने वाले हो। साधारण मनुष्यों के किए हुये अपराध के विनाश करने वाले हो। पिता के किए हुए विरोध आचरण (अपराध या पाप) अच्छे प्रकार हरने वाले हो। अपने किए हुए पाप के दूर करने वाले हो। अधरम के अधरम (यानि घोर पाप) के नाश करने हारे हो। जानता हुआ मैं जो कुछ भी अधरमाचारण किया करता हूँ व करूँ, अनजान में जो कुछ भी किया करता हूँ व करूँ उस सब दुष्ट आचरण के दूर करने वाले आप हैं।

    Around 6-7 times God has said in this Mantra that He forgives sins

    • It is repeatedly mentioned that God forgives the sins of his worshipper
    • God forgives the sins done by the father.
    • God even forgives/destroys the most heinous sins.
    • God can forgive all sins done unknowingly.
    • God can forgive all the sins done in the past or done currently.
  • Here the word मित्र (friend) has been used to address God. Swamiji himself describes in Satyarth Prakash the meaning of मित्र (mitr - friend). Please see below (Satyarth Prakash page 22)

  • Hence God can forgive sins. Arya Samajis defend this by saying that these lines are addressed to a friend or "vidwan grahasth purush" , which is ludicrous. There is no friend who can forgive your sins apart from God. You cannot forigve your own sins and neither can your friends or anyone else be it "vidwan grahasth purush" as told by Dayanand Saraswati.

    Going by the concept given by Dayanand Saraswati if God cannot forgive your sins then how can a "vidwan grahasth purush" even make an effort to forgive your sins.

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