Prelims 9997

Which of the following statements is/are correct about the Arya Samaj movement?
1. It accepted the authority of Vedas but disregarded the authority of the Puranas and later Hindu scriptures.
2. It rejected the doctrine of karma.
3. It supported the Vedic notion of the caste system.
Select the correct answer from the code given below.
1 and 2 only
1 and 3 only
2 and 3 only
1, 2 and 3
Explanation :
Swami Dayanand, the founder of the Arya Samaj, disregarded the authority of later hindu scriptures like Puranas and blamed them for the evil practices of idol worship etc. He accepted the doctrine of karma, but rejected the theory of niyati (destiny). He said that world is a battlefield where every individual has to work out his salvation by right deeds. The Samaj rejected the caste system based on birth but supported the vedic notion of the same where a person was not recognized on the basis of caste but as per the occupation he followed. Hence all the statements are correct.