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Gujarati Saint Poet Narsinh Mehta’s Bhajan. One of Mahatma

Gandhi’s favourite bhajans.

Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je

PeeD paraayi jaaNe re
Par-dukhkhe upkaar kare toye
Man abhimaan na aaNe re

He is true Vaishnava who knows and

feels another’s woes as his own,
Always ready to serve others who are
unhappy, he never lets vanity get to

SakaL lok maan sahune vande

Nindaa na kare keni re
Vaach kaachh man nishchaL
Dhan-dhan janani teni re
Bowing humbly to everyone and
criticizing none,
He keeps his speech, deeds and
thought pure; blessed is the mother
who begets him.

Sam-drishti ne trishna tyaagi

Par-stree jene maat re
Jivha thaki asatya na bole
Par-dhan nav jhaalee haath re
He looks upon all equally. Having rid
himself of lust, he reveres every
woman as his mother.
His tongue would fail him if he
attempted to utter an untruth. He
does not covet other’s wealth.

Moh-maaya vyaape nahi jene

DriDh vairaagya jena man maan
Ram naam shoon taaLi laagi
SakaL tirath tena tan maan re
The bonds of earthly attachment hold
him not. His mind is deeply rooted in
Every moment he is intent on reciting
the name of the Lord Rama. All the
holy places are ever present in his

VaN-lobhi ne kapaT-rahit chhe

Kaam-krodh nivaarya re
BhaNe Narsaiyyo tenun darshan
KuL ekoter taarya re

He has conquered greed, deceit,

passion and anger
The sight of such a Vaishnava, says
Narsinh, saves a family through
seventy-one generations.