Arya or Aryan (with an ‘n’) is a Sanskrit term which literally means “noble.”
The Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT), which says that Aryans were originally Europeans who migrated to India millennia ago, is a sheer myth. Migration never occurred. And since migration never occurred, Vedas weren’t brought from outside. They were conceived in India itself. To read more on this issue, visit this link.
Contrary to the popular misconception, being an Aryan has nothing to do with being born in a particular race, religion, or nation. It does not imply superiority on the basis of ancestors, birth, or bloodline. According to Vedas (where the word was first used), you become an Arya only through noble actions.
In particular, a person can be called an Aryan if:
- He seeks to preserve and protect righteousness in the world through combating falsehood wherever he sees it.
- His fight is focused not against a particular religion, caste, or nationality, but solely against untruth.
- To arrive at truth, he uses his own intellect and does not blindly rely on scriptures, gurus, prophets, teachers and others. Most importantly, he questions everything. He doesn’t accept anything that is illogical, irrational, and uncorroborated by the laws of nature (or science). He listens to his conscience, his inner voice.
- He shuns arrogance and maintains humility. He learns from his mistakes.
- He does not remain silent at the face of oppression – even if it means fighting alone.
- He practices nonviolence to the highest extent possible, but does not shy away from using violent means where justly required (for instance, at his nation’s borders).
- He is ruthless to the enemies of truth.
- He controls his desires and seeks to serve others.
- He maintains equanimity i.e. evenness in the face of success or failure.
- He is brave as a lion, perfectly fearless and unflinching in the face of challenges.
All other definitions of Aryan “race” as delineated by most Western scholars are myths, only urban legends. And now since you know what Aryan truly means, you can commit to calling yourself one by following the above-mentioned points. Doesn’t matter whether you are a Hindu, a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew. It also doesn’t matter whether you belong to Shudra caste (which again is a myth), or a Brahmin caste. EVERYONE can be an Aryan (noble).