A Divine Song

09 Oct

” Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye ” , one of the favourite bhajan of Mahatma   Gandhi  is immortal composition of 15th century Gujarati poet Narsi Mehta and it lays emphasis on Vaishnav code of living  . Vaishnav literally means followers of hindu god Vishnu but actualy denotes the person having qualities of the ideal human being . Strict vegetarianism , Ahimsa ,simple living are hallmarks of true Vaishnav . The internal conflicts tend to resolve while listening to the song .
Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je
[One who is a Vaishnav]
Peer paraayi jaane re
[Knows the pain of others]
Par-dukhe upkaar kare toye
[Does good to others, esp. to those ones who are in misery]
Man abhimaan na aane re
[Does not let pride enter his mind]

Sakal lok maan sahune vande
[A Vaishnav, Tolerates and praises the the entire world]
Nindaa na kare keni re
[Does not say bad things about anyone]
Vaach kaachh man nishchal raakhe
[Keeps his/her words, actions and thoughts pure]
Dhan-dhan janani teni re
[O Vaishnav, your mother is blessed (dhanya-dhanya)]


Sam-drishti ne trishna tyaagi
[A Vaishnav sees everything equally, rejects greed and avarice]
Par-stree jene maat re
[Considers some one else’s wife/daughter as his mother]
Jivha thaki asatya na bole
[The toungue may get tired, but will never speak lies]
Par-dhan nav jhaalee haath re
[Does not even touch someone else’s property]

Moh-maaya vyaape nahi jene
[A Vaishnav does not succumb to worldly attachments]
Dridh vairaagya jena man maan re
[Who has devoted himself to stauch detachment to worldly
Ram naam shoon taali laagi
[Who has been edicted to the elixir coming by the name of Ram]
Sakal tirath tena tan maan re
[For whom all the religious sites are in the mind]

Van-lobhi ne kapat-rahit chhe
[Who has no greed and deciet]
Kaam-krodh nivaarya re
[Who has renounced lust of all types and anger]
Bhane Narsaiyyo tenun darshan karta
[The poet Narsi will like to see such a person]
KuL ekoter taarya re
[By who’s virtue, the entire family gets salvation]

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