The Swadhyay Parivar is a devotional movement based in Maharashtra, India. It claims to have over 50,000 kendra locations and 6,000,000 followers in India, Portugal, USA, UK, Canada, and the Middle East who carry out various activities of self-development, self-learning, devotional activities and social awareness activities around the world.
Swadhyaya means study of self for a spiritual quest.
Pandurang Shastri Athavale (1920-2003) was the originator of this movement that promotes a particular interpretation and reading of the Vedic scriptures like Bhagavad Gita, Vedas and the Upanishads. His followers are still active with missionary work. For his efforts he was awarded the Templeton Prize in 1997, the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership and India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan in 1999.
Reference and notes
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- Self-Development and Social Transformations?: The Vision and Practice of the Self-Study Mobilization of Swadhyaya, by Ananta Kumar Giri. Lexington Books. 2008. ISBN 0-7391-1198-1.
- Role of the swadhyaya parivar in socioeconomic changes among the tribals of Khedasan: A case study, by Vimal P Shah. Gujarat Institute of Development Research, 1998. ISBN 81-85820-53-8.
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