On the day of Swami Dayananda's demise, we bring you his 10 unknown facts

1. Swami Dayananda was born as Natarajan Gopala Iyer in Thiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu on August 15, 1930.

2. Natarajan worked as a journalist for the weekly magazine Dharmika Hindu. Later, he also worked for Volkart Brothers (now Voltas Limited).

3. He also joined Indian Air Force but left after six months as he felt suffocated by the regimentation there.

4. Natarajan was introduced to Vedas by Swami Chinmayananda and later got involved himself in the Chinmaya Mission and was made its secretary in the very first year of its inception.

5. Natarajan took up the editorship of 'Tyagi', a fortnightly magazine of Chinmaya Mission in Chennai and later shifted to Bangalore and continued to edit 'Tyagi'.

6. He studied Vedanta under Swami Pranavananda at Gudivada (near Vijaywada) and was later given Sanyasa by Swami Chinmayananda.

7. Swami Chinmayananda  started giving public discourses and lectures in different cities of India as Swami Chinmayananda's health deteriorated. Later, on the request of his students, Swami Dayananda established the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania in 1986 wherein a three year residential course was completed in 1990.

8. Dayananda founded the All India Movement for Seva (AIM for Seva) in 2000 as an initiative of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, an apex body of Hindu religious heads of various sects.

9. He designed The Bhagvad Gita Home Study (BGHS) course which is run in many other countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

10. He authored 73 spiritual books like Bhagvad Gita Home Study, Exploring Vedanta, Discovering Love etc.

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