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Signs of a good human being

Vaishnav jan to is a Hindu hymn in Gujarati which was composed by the 15th century poet-saint Narsinh Mehta. It was a favorite hymn of Mahatma Gandhi.

WaishNawa jan to tene kahiye, je peed paraayee ja Ne re
He is the true Waishnawa who knows and feels another’s woes as his own.

Par dukkhe upkar kare toye, man abhiman na aaNe re
While he serves those who are suffering, he does not entertain pride in his mind about it.

SakaL lok maan sahune vande, nindaa na kare keni re
He respects everyone, and denounce nobody.

Waach-kaachch-man nischaL raakhe, dhan dhan janani teni re
He keeps his speech, deeds, and thoughts pure; blessed is his mother.

Sam-drushti ne trishNaa tyaagi, parastree jene maat re
Viewing all equally, he rids himself of covetousness, and reveres every woman as though she were his mother.

Jihwaa thake, asatya na bole, par-dhan nava jhaale haath re
His tongue would fail him if he were to attempt to speak an untruth. He does not covet another person’s wealth.

Moh-maayaa wyaape nahin jene, draDh wairagya jena manmaa re
Material attachments do not occupy his mind, it being deeply rooted in renunciation.

Raam-naam shu taaLE laagi, sakaL teerath tena tanmaa re
Every moment he is intent on reciting the name of Rama. All the holy places are ever present in his body.

WaNa lobhi ne kapat rahit chhe, kaam krodh nivaarya re
He has conquered greed, deceit, lust, and anger.

darshan karata, kuL ekoter tarya re
Says Narasi, the sight of such a Waishnawa saves a family through seventy-one generations.

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