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Christian missionaries soon became conscious of the speeches of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. They were forced to take cognizance of Dayananda because they were essentially proselytizers looking for Hindus to convert to Christianity. Dayananda was instilling pride in Hindus regarding their ancient past and so, they perceived the Swami as an obstruction on their path.

Once, three missionaries – Reverends Grey, Robinson, and Schoolbred – approached Swamiji and held discussions for three days with him on the subject of God, Soul, Nature, and Vedas.  In the end, these trained Christian missionaries found themselves unable to withstand Swamiji’s arguments. Another such Christian proselytizing missionary was Reverend John Robson. At the end of his discussions with Swamiji, he testified in his reports that Dayananda had now become a public preacher and teacher, that he was at that time teaching Grammar, Vedanta, Yoga, and works like Bhagavad Gita and Manu Smriti. He further reported that the Swami was vigorous in preaching against idol worship and Vaishnavism, advocating Shaivism instead, and distributing Rudraaksh bead garlands.

Also, the Swami was having discussions with Hindu Pandits, Jains, and Christian missionaries, and was already involved in public debates regarding points of religious belief and practice.  Swamiji even approached British officials regarding religious matters, like cow protection.  This was the same monk, who until he arrived in Mathura, was avoiding crowds and publicity, seeking the company of solitude for the release of his soul.  There was now ample evidence that Virjananda and Mathura had certainly transformed the lonely seeker for personal freedom and given him a completely new kind of impetus.

From the new book,

Dr. Satish Prakash