Narsinh Mehta – Vaishnav Jan to

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Vaishnav Jan to’ was the most favorite Bhajan (a prayerful song) of Mahatma Gandhi. And it is said that Gandhiji used to do prayer with this Bhajan every day. Vaishnav is called the true devotees of Lord Krishna like the poet himself. One of the greatest devotees of Lord Krishna, a saint, a poet and a true ‘Vaishnav’ - Narsinh Mehta explains the characteristics of a Vaishnav through this Gujarati Bhajan.

Vaishnav jan to tene re kahiye, je pid parai jaane re;
Pardukhe upakaar kare toye, man abhimaan na aane re…

We can call ‘Vaishnav’ to only such person, who understands the pain of others. The one who (has habit of) helping others in their troubles and still doesn’t carry pride in his/her mind (is only called a true Vaishnav)…

Sakal lokma sahune vande, ninda na kare koi ni re;
Vach kach man nishchal rakhe, dhanya dhanya janani teni re…

The one who doesn’t slander anyone and respects all in the entire world (is only called a true Vaishnav). The mother of such (Vaishnav) is praiseworthy who keep his/her mind calm while talking and behaving…

Samdrishti ne trishna tyagi, parstri jene maat re;
Jivha thaki asatya na bole, pardhan nav jhale haath re…

The one who is impartial & abandoned all the desires (is only called a true Vaishnav). And the one man who considers all other women (rather than his wife) as his mother (is only called a true Vaishnav). The one who doesn’t say lie and don’t hold others’ money or property in his hands (is only called a true Vaishnav)…

Moh maya vyape nahi jene, dridh vairagya jena man ma re;
Ram nam shu tali re lagi, sakal tirath tena tan ma re…

The one who is not fascinated (to worldly things) and do have firm renunciation in his/ her mind (is only called a true Vaishnav). The entire auspicious pilgrimage places are in the body of such person (a true Vaishnav), who is always busy in chanting the names of ‘Ram’ (Lord Ram – an incarnation of Lord Krishna)

Vanlobhi ne kapat rahit che, kam krodh nivarya re;
Bhane ‘Narsaiyo’ tenu darshan karta, kul ekoter tarya re…

The one who is greedless & not fraudulent and do have make an end to all intense desires & anger (is only called a true Vaishnav). Narsaiyo (The Poet- Narsinh Mehta) has learned through his devotion (to Lord Krishna) that only a sight of such person (a true Vaishnav) can save our seventy one generations…

Vaishnav jan to tene re kahiye, je pid parai jaane re…
We can call ‘Vaishnav’ to such person, who understands the pain of others…

Through this Prayer and his own life story Narsinh Mehta reveals that a Vaishnav is always busy in doing acts which are in favor of Humanity and never become selfish. He also clarifies that the real Vaishnav doesn’t get involved in any kind of frauds, thefts, bribes or cheating and spends the entire life in devotion to Lord Krishna.

This prayerful song was written in the 15th Century by a poor saint poet – Narsinh Mehta; but I feel the characteristics explained about being a true Vaishnav or we can say being a true HUMAN is the only way to bring back the lost PEACE to the world… ad

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