It was in the beginning of 1883 that Gurudatta Vidyarthi passed the Intermediate Examination in Arts of the Punajab University and headed the list of successful students. This success was a miracle because he was never known to be regular in his college studies. In almost all the ordinary examinations of the class, he only obtained barely passable marks and the cramming section of the class obtained high positions. But when the hour of trial came, his tenacious memory and his transparent intellect bore him up. To speak of the Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College, Pandit G.D. Vidyarthi’s connection with the movement dates from its very conception. In October 1883, when the news of Swami Dayananda Sarasvati’s fatal illness spread over the country like wild fire, the Executive Committee of the Lahore Arya Samaj deputed him and Lala Jiwan Dasji during his illness. At this time G.D. Vidyarthi was reading in the third year class of the Government College Lahore, and was hardly 20 years of age. The mere fact of his being deputed for so important and delicate a task, irrespective of how he performed it, shows the deep confidence which the wise President of the Lahore Arya Samaj had in him ! It gives only some idea of the strong-hold he had begun to have on the counsels of the very careful and prudent members of that body.
Yes, it was the spectacle of this dying Greatness with the firm belief in the first and final cause of the world, with Gayatri Mantra on its lips that went to the core of the already deeply affected tender part of young G. D. Vidyarthi. It was here that perceived the groundness and sublimity of devotion; it was here that be had a glance of the peace of mind (shanti) with which a devotee- an humble servant of the OMNIPOTENT and His universe leaves this existance of flesh and bone to rise and fly to higher regions, where dwell only those spirits that have, unmoved by disasters and storms, unaffected by pains and penalties, fought the battle of truth and duty with glory to themselves and their Maker. Never since then has G. D. Vidyarthi been known to have wavered in his belief in God, and His Vedas, never since then has been heard to utter a word of criticism.
For your kind information Gurudutta Vidyarthi lived only for 26 years. He lived only for six years after the death of Swami Dayananda Sarasvati. In June 1888 his book ‘The Terminology of the Vedas’ was published. The book ‘The Terminology of Vedas’ had been prescribed in the course in Oxford University. He started a newspaper ‘Regenerator of Arya Vart’ and a magzine ‘vedic magzine.’