There was a decline in philanthropic activities during this period and much

There was a decline in philanthropic activities

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Samaj. There was a decline in philanthropic activities during this period and much stress was given to meditation. He also started four orders of devotees namely Yogi, Bhakta, Jnani and Shebak . Sen’s daughter got married to the Hindu Prince of Cooch Bihar when she was less than 14 year old. This was against the policy of Brahmo Samaj as both of them were underage during the time of their marriage. Due to this there came a split in Brahmo Samaj. Evaluation Brahmo Samaj was a first major reform movement in modern India and in modern Hinduism. This Samaj helped people to move away from sectarianism to a universal religion. The Samaj helped people of India to be politically conscious. It emphasized on service to humanity with moral teachings. This Samaj set the pattern of reform for other reform movements. The main theme of this Samaj was Sarva Dharma Samabhava , that is all religion are equal and equal respect should be given to all religions. Brahmo Samaj introduced rationalism and therefore shocked the basis of the entire Brahmanical system. It challenged the Brahmin’s monopoly of priestly functions. It promoted western education through the promotion of schools and colleges. It also promoted personal freedom and social equality. The all India tours of K.C. Sen and Surendranath Banerjee brought together people of various fields on a common platform. Brahmo Samaj helped to make way for the official intervention on the form of legislation to abolish Sati as well as other social evils. It was a cosmopolitan movement among the educated class of people. It aroused orthodox Hindus to work for the revival of their religion. The main objective of this Samaj was no idol, no sculpture, no statue, no carving, no painting or picture of gods to be admitted within the premises of the Samaj. It also advocated no sacrifice, offering or oblation of any kind. Brahmo Samaj helped India to move away from medieval feudalism to national democracy.
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