Watch: Singers from 124 nations pay tribute to Gandhi by singing his favourite hymn

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Oct 02, 2018, 01:44 PM(IST)

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Written by famous poet Narsinh Mehta back in the 15th century, the bhajan Vaishnava Jana To has become synonymous with Mahatma Gandhi.

Artists from more than 124 nations on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti have contributed musically in paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi through his most loved bhajan 'Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye'.

This bhajan recitation is a part of the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the medley version of the famous bhajan during the Closing ceremony of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Conference in the presence of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Gutierrez, External Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Sushri Uma Bharti and other prominent personalities.

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Written by famous poet Narsinh Mehta back in the 15th century, the bhajan Vaishnava Jana To has become synonymous with Mahatma Gandhi.

Adopted by Gandhi into the routine of his prayers, the bhajan has been sung by several different artists over the years. It talks about equality, respecting others and helping those who are in misery.

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The bhajan was originally written in Gujarati. Here are the lyrics and English translation. 

Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je 
Peed paraayi jaaNe re 
Par-dukhkhe upkaar kare toye 
Man abhimaan na aaNe re 

Sakal lok maan sahune vande 
Nindaa na kare keni re 
Vaach kaachh man nishchal raakhe 
Dhan-dhan janani teni re 

Sam-drishti ne trishna tyaagi 
Par-stree jene maat re 
Jivha thaki asatya na bole 
Par-dhan nav jhaalee haath re

Moh-maaya vyaape nahi jene 
Dridh vairaagya jena man maan re 
Ram naam shoon taaLi laagi 
SakaL tirath tena tan maan re 

Van-lobhi ne kapat-rahit chhe 
Kaam-krodh nivaarya re 
Bhane Narsaiyyo tenun darshan karta 
KuL ekoter taarya re 

English Translation

One who is a Vaishnav (Devotee of Vishnu)
Knows the pain of others
Does good to others
without letting pride enter his mind.

A Vaishnav, Tolerates and praises the the entire world.
Does not speak ill of others
Keeps his promises, actions and thoughts pure
your mother is blessed indeed.

A Vaishnav sees everything equally, rejects greed and avarice
respects women as he respects his own mother
though his tongue may tire he will utter no untruth
Never touches the property of others.

A Vaishnav does not succumb to worldly attachments
he has renounced lust of all types and anger
The poet Narsi will like to see such a person by whose virtue,
the entire family gets salvation.

(With inputs from agencies)

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