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 http://www.geocities.com/promiserani2/c1297.html.
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