"Vaishnav Jan To" was one of Mahatma Gandhi's favorite Bhajans. This Gujarati hymn, penned down by 15th-century poet Narsi Mehta, describes a virtuous being who forsakes worldly temptations for the benefit of others.
Sung by Anita Lerche, filmed in cooperation with the Embassy of India in Copenhagen, Visit Denmark and the Danish Cultural Institute.
English translation of “Vaishnav Jan To”:
A good human being is one
Who feels the pain of others
One who helps those in misery
And does not let pride enter his/her mind
A good human being tolerates and praises the entire world
And does not say bad things about anyone
Keeps his/her words, actions and thoughts pure
(To such a person) Your mother is blessed!
A good human being sees everything equally, rejects greed and avarice
Considers someone else’s wife/daughter as his mother
The tongue may get tired, but will never utter lies
And will never even touch someone else’s property
A good human being does not succumb to worldly attachments
Who has become staunchly detached from worldly pleasures
Who has been addicted to the elixir coming from the name of Ram
For whom all the religious sites are in the mind
Who has no greed and deceit
Who has renounced all types of desires and anger
The poet Narsi would like to see such a person
Whose virtue brings salvation to the entire family
Gujarati Language coaches: Rupal T. Thanawala, Pranav Shah and Jatin Patel
Sound Recording: Ark Recording Studio, Copenhagen, by Samir Cuhtait
Hair & Makeup: Seema Naz
Video Produced by: Mette Fallesen
Video Editing by: Martin Essemann
Video Filmed by: VisitDenmark
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