Monday, August 15, 2005

Vaishnava Janatho...

Mahatma Gandhi's favourite song was said to be "Vaishnava janatho..". Recently, SB had written a post called "Main Nathuram Bol Raha Hoon" and in a sudden impulse, I chose to look up this song up on Google. The words of the song encradle some very simple, high thoughts; thoughts which every human should have but unfortunately, many don't. A man who harbours such noble thoughts is indeed a Mahatma and it is fitting that this was Mahatma Gandhi's favourite! Here's my salute to the Father of the Nation and the country that he unshackled on its 58th birthday....

The lyrics and meaning were originally taken from

Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je
PeeD paraayi jaaNe re

One who is a Vaishnav (Devotee of Vishnu)
Knows the pain of others

Par-dukhkhe upkaar kare toye
Man abhimaan na aaNe re (Vaishnav...)

Does good to others
without letting pride enter his mind.

SakaL lok maan sahune vande
Nindaa na kare keni re

A Vaishnav, Tolerates and praises the the entire world.
Does not speak ill of others

Vaach kaachh man nishchaL raakhe
Dhan-dhan janani teni re (Vaishnav...)

Keeps his promises, actions and thoughts pure
your mother is blessed indeed.

Sam-drishti ne trishna tyaagi
Par-stree jene maat re

A Vaishnav sees everything equally, rejects greed and avarice
respects women as he respects his own mother

Jivha thaki asatya na bole
Par-dhan nav jhaalee haath re (Vaishnav...)

though his tongue may tire he will utter no untruth
Never touches the property of others.

Moh-maaya vyaape nahi jene
DriDh vairaagya jena man maan re

A Vaishnav is one who does not succumb to worldly attachments,
Who has devoted himself to staunch detachment from worldly pleasures,

Ram naam shoon taaLi laagi
SakaL tirath tena tan maan re (Vaishnav...)

Who has become addicted to the elixir coming by the name of Ram,
For whom all the religious sites are in the mind.

VaN-lobhi ne kapaT-rahit chhe
Kaam-krodh nivaarya re

A Vaishnav does not succumb to worldly attachments
he has renounced lust of all types and anger

BhaNe Narsaiyyo tenun darshan karta
KuL ekoter taarya re (Vaishnav...)

The poet Narsi will like to see such a person By who's virtue,
the entire family gets salvation


Zeppelin said...


Happy Independence Day ! Marvellous post... and a truly soul-touching song...

Jai Hind !

Anonymous said...

Jai Hind !


Barath said...

Amazin lyrics!

Jai Hind!

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ethiri said...

one of my favorite songs. U beat me to this post.

Aatma said...

Nice post Subha. happy independence day

Praveen said...

happy independence day!!

Naan Vaishnav nahi:(

Ram said...

great song, great man and the Greatest Nation on earth...Jai Hind!

Sriram C S said...

This and Hari tum harO are amongst my favourites. It seems Gandhi wanted to listen to Hari Tum Haro sung by M.S. But M.S. did not know this song and so replied back through Sadasivam saying that she does not know the song and Gandhi will have listen to it sung by someone else. Gandhi replied back saying 'I would rather have the song spoken by M.S. than sung by someone else!!'

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Anand Ramamoorthy said...


nice song and a remainder for me as I happen to be a vaishnava.. this song embodies the teachings of KRSIHNA from the 16th chapter of the Gita and the verses pertaining to threefold austerity in the 17th chapter, curious coincidence, that I was referring to these very verses yesterday in an attempt to draw up a plan of action for my life in general. IT WAS THIS SIMPLE ADHERENCE TO DHARMA AND THE GITA WHICH MADE M.K.GANDHI A MAHATHMA. SIMPLY ADORE THAT MAN , meaningful post on INDEPENDENCE DAY.

TJ said...

Excellent Song! Soul stirrer.
I had an out of the world feeling when i visited Narsi Mehta's home in Junagad in Gujarat. The tulsi maadam in the couryard of the house, is supposed to be the centre of his concentration!

GeeKaa said...

Thanks for posting the lyrics. So many times we have sung this song without knowing the actual meaning. Really wonderful lyrics!

Best wishes,

Arvind said...

Nice oppurtunity to know the meaning of the words, that been just words before :-)

Are you going to break the monotony of somber posts ?

Subha said...

Happy independence day and Jai Hind!

Subha said...

Praveen, Everyone is god's child and hence a Vaishav!
Minimal Ego,
I like Sachin's pic..:)
Thanks for the info!
Thanks for stopping by.

Subha said...

cool that you've visited his house!
Karthik Gurumoorthy,
I didn't translate..I just got it off the web..:) Thanks for stopping by!
yeah I've been in soga raagam lately..well, my next post should entertain you..:)

പാപ്പാന്‍‌/mahout said...

Thanks for posting the lines. I never knew the lines, or their meaning. When I was a kid, the AIR had a program on Fridays called "Gandhi Margam" (I think), and it used to open with this song. Your post brought upon me a tsunami of nostalgia.

Saravana Kumar said...

I'm a vaishnav ... atleast according to the defenition of this song

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Known Stranger said...

very much impressed with this as my name is vaishnava.

my friend gave the link to your page and was feeling good but not sure if i deserve the name

Tapas said...

Well its Gandhi JAYANTI today and the last post was in 2005.Have we forgotten HIM!