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Brahmanyan
05-08-2012, 12:36 PM
The fifteenth century Poet Saint of Gujarat Narsinh Mehta has rendered the qualities of true Vishnava in his famous Poem Vaishnava Jana to. It is also a favorite Bhajan of Gandhiji. It is a wonderful poem. I give below the Gujarati Poem with English translation. Poet Narsi Mehta was a great devotee of Srinathji (Sri Krishna) and it is said that he has written 22,000 kirtans and bhajans in Gujarathi on him. He is known as the first poet in Gujarathi.

Vaishnava jana to tene kahiye je
(He who is a vaishnava)
Peeda paraayi jaane re
(Knows the pain of others)
Par-dukhkhe upkaar kare toye
(Does good to to those ones who are in misery)
Man abhimaan na aane re
(Does not let pride enter his mind)
Vaishnav...

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

Vaishnav...

Sam-drishti ne trishna tyaagi
(sees everything equally, and has given up all desires)
Par-stree jene maat re
(Considers some one 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)
Vaishnav...

Moh-maaya vyaape nahi jene
(A Vaishnav does not succumb to delusion and attachment )
Drida vairaagya jena man maan re
(Who has devoted himself to staunch detachment to worldly
pleasures)
Ram naam shoon taali laagi
(Who has been edicted to the elixir coming by the name of Ram)
Sakala tirath tena tan maan re
(For whom all the religious places are in the mind)
Vaishnav...

Van-lobhi ne kapat-rahita chhe
(Such a person has no greed and deceit]
Kaama-krodha nivaarya re
(Who has renounced lust and anger)
Bhane Narsaiyyo tenun darshan karta
(The poet Narsi says such a person is worthy of worship)
Kul ekoter taarya re
(By who's virtue, the entire family gets salvation)
Vaishnav...

This beautiful Bhajan is available in the following website:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaLkxRpkE10

Regards,
Brahmanyan,
Bangalore.