Father of the nation, Gandhiji’s favourite bhajan speaks about the virtues of a true Vaishnav!

The Bhajan is in essence a “definition” of “Vaishnav”.

Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je
[One who is a vaishnav]
PeeD paraayi jaaNe re
[Knows the pain of others]
Par-dukhkhe 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 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 someone else’s wife/daughter as his mother]

Jivha thaki asatya na bole
[The tongue 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 staunch detachment to worldly pleasures]
Ram naam shoon taaLi laagi
[Who has been addicted to the elixir coming by the name of Ram]
SakaL tirath tena tan maan re
[For whom all the divya desams(the 108 centres of inspiration) are in the mind]

VaN-lobhi ne kapaT-rahit chhe
[Who has no greed and deceit]
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 whose virtue, the entire family gets salvation]

Written by Narasinh Mehta, Gandhiji adored the bhajan which was recently sung in 124 countries (Watch)

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