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    Vaishnava Jana To

    This bhajan by Narsinh Mehta was the favourite bhajan by Mahatma Gandhi. It is in Gujarati and describes the qualities of an ideal Vaishnava (Vishnu bhakta).

    The translation of the bhajan in Hindi and English is given very well at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaishnava_Jana_To#Lyrics

    The Original Hymn

    Vaishnav Jan to taynay kahyeeye,
    Jay peerh paraayee janney ray
    Par dukkhey upkar karey,
    Toyey man abhiman na anney ray.
    Sakal lokma sahuney vandey,
    Ninda na karey kainee ray
    Vaach kaach, man nischal raakhey,
    Dhan-dhan jananee tainee ray.
    Samdristhi nay trishna tyagee,
    Par-stree jaynay mat ray
    Jivaah thaki asatya na bolay,
    Par-dhan nav jhaley haath ray.
    Moh maya vyaapey nahin jeyney,
    Drud vairagya jeyna manma ray
    Ram-naam-shoon taalee laagee,
    Sakal teerth teyna tanma ray.
    Vanalobhee ney kapatrahith chey,
    Kaam, krodh nivarya ray
    Bhane Narsaiyon tainoo darshan kartan,
    Kul ekotair taryaa ray


    A godlike man is one,
    Who feels another’s pain
    Who shares another’s sorrow,
    And pride does disdain.
    Who regards himself as the lowliest of the low,
    Speaks not a word of evil against any one
    One who keeps himself steadfast in words, body and mind,
    Blessed is the mother who gives birth to such a son.
    Who looks upon everyone as his equal and has renounced lust, And who honours women like he honours his mother
    Whose tongue knows not the taste of falsehood till his last breath, Nor covets another’s worldly goods.
    He does not desire worldly things,
    For he treads the path of renunciation
    Ever on his lips is Rama’s holy name,
    All places of pilgrimage are within him.
    One who is not greedy and deceitful,
    And has conquered lust and anger
    Through such a man Saint Narsaiyon has a godly vision,
    Generations to come, of such a man, will attain salvation

    And the video (sung by Lata Mangeshkar)  can be found here: 

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