"A person who consumes the least and contributes the most
is a mature person, for in giving lies self-growth"

Swami Dayananda’s activities have now expanded into the area of community and social development. In November of the year 2000, he founded the All India Movement for Seva, a nationwide movement to bring value based education and healthcare to the least privileged sections of Indian society. It is a movement based on his conviction that only people with self esteem can grow and contribute to the growth of their nation. And people can have self esteem, self worth, only if they appreciate and are proud of their culture in all its richness and variety, which value based education would inculcate.

The programmes of AIM for Seva are designed, therefore, to validate the culture of the people, from the urban to the rural and tribal regions. So inspiring was the vision that within a span of 10 years, AIM for Seva has reached out to more than 10 million people across 15 states of India. It is today one of the larger NGOs in the country with 80 student hostels, 18 educational institutions and 5 hospitals. The initiative is all the more remarkable as it has provided an opportunity for people to transform, from consumers to contributors.

“A person who consumes the least and contributes the most is a mature person, for in giving lies self-growth”, declares Swami Dayananda.

At Manjakkudi, his birthplace, Swamiji has inspired devotees to develop it as a model for rural education. Set amidst lush green paddy fields, thousands of students pour in from over 125 villages to study in one of the three institutions here, administered by the Swami Dayananda Educational Trust.

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Deeply concerned with environment and ecology, he has addressed the issue of global warming by pointing out the negative impact of rearing animals for human consumption, the production of methane in particular among cud-chewing animals, ending with a plea to reduce, if not completely eschew, consumption of red meat. Be it planting trees, growing herbs, organic gardening, providing water and electricity to remote areas, women’s self help groups, vocational training, together with his specialised field of teaching, speaking and writing, the genius that is Swami Dayananda is a rare phenomenon.