2nd October, On the occasion of 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, “The Best Teacher” and “The Guiding Light”, who continues to give courage to millions globally and uniting those who believe in HUMANITY, I wish to pay homage to the Father of our Nation in his favourite hymn, ”Vaishnava Jana To”, which says that a ‘True Human’ or ‘Spiritual Being’ is one who feels the Pain of Others, Removes Misery and is Never Arrogant. The world bows to you, beloved Bapu!”
‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye‘ The famous Gujarati hymn penned by the 15th century poet venerable Shri Narsimha Mehta Ji was one of the favourite hymn of Mahatma Gandhi, who included it into the roster of prayers routinely sung before his meetings.
वैष्णव जन तो तेने कहिये, जे पीड परायी जाणे रे।
Vaishnav Jan To, Tene Kahiye Je, Peed Paraaye Jaane Re
One who is a Vaishnav, Knows the pain of others
पर दुःखे उपकार करे तो ये, मन अभिमान न आणे रे॥
Par Dukkhe Upkaar Kare Toye, Man Abhiman Na Anne Re॥
Does good to others, especially to those ones who are in misery, Does not let pride enter his mind
सकळ लोकमां सहुने वंदे, निंदा न करे केनी रे।
Sakal Lok Maan Sahune Vandhe, Ninda Na Kare Kainee Re
A Vaishnav, Tolerates and praises the entire world, Does not say bad things about anyone
वाच काछ मन निश्चळ राखे, धन धन जननी तेनी रे॥
Baach Kaachh, Man Nischal Raakhe, Dhan-Dhan Jananee Tainee Re
Keeps his/her words, actions and thoughts pure,O Vaishnav, your mother is blessed (dhanya-dhanya)
समदृष्टि ने तृष्णा त्यागी, परस्त्री जेने मात रे।
Samdrishtine Trishna Tyaagi, Par-Stree Jene Maat Re
A Vaishnav sees everything equally, rejects greed and avarice, Considers some one else’s wife/daughter as his mother
जिह्वा थकी असत्य न बोले, परधन नव झाले हाथ रे॥
Jivha Thaki Asatya Na Bole, Par-Dhan Nav Jhale Haath Re
The toungue may get tired, but will never speak lies, Does not even touch someone else’s property
मोह माया व्यापे नहि जेने, दृढ़ वैराग्य जेना मनमां रे।
Moha-Maaya Vyaape Nahi Jene, Dridh Vairaagya Jena Man Maan Re
A Vaishnav does not succumb to worldly attachments, Who has devoted himself to stauch detachment to worldly pleasures
रामनाम शुं ताळी रे लागी, सकळ तीरथ तेना तनमां रे॥
Ram-Naam-Shoon Taali Laagi, Sakal Tirath Tena Tan Ma Re
Who has been edicted to the elixir coming be the name of Ram, For whom all the religious sites are in the mind
वणलोभी ने कपटरहित छे, काम क्रोध निवार्या रे।
Vanlobhi Ne Kapat Rahit Chhe, Kaam-Krodh Nivaarya Re
Who has no greed and deciet, Who has renounced lust of all types and anger
भणे नरसैयॊ तेनुं दरसन करतां, कुळ एकोतेर तार्या रे॥
Bhane Narsaiyyo Tenu Darshan Karta, Kul Ekoter Taarya Re
The poet Narsi will like to see such a person, By who’s virtue, the entire family gets salvation.
In this hymn the poet says about life, ideals and mentality of a Spiritual Being (Vaishnav Jan).
Imagine a person who ceases to be a selfish person, can you imagine how happy he would be? Many of you might have experienced this, the sheer joy for working for others, the joy for working for the public good, the joy of contributing to the society, mankind without asking this question “WHAT IS THERE IN IT FOR ME” ?
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The problem with the people today, the problem with the politics today, the problem with the business today is that there are less and less people who are asking this question – “How May I Help You ?” “What Can I Do For You ?” “What Can I do For the Society or mankind” These days more and more people are asking this question “What Is There In It For Me ?” “Why Should I Help You?” ” Why Should I lend Support to the Social Causes?” This is the reason why today there has been such a lot of ‘VALUE DETERIORATION’, which is evident or visible in every sphere of life or polity or business.
Can you imagine a person who has completely eschewed from his mind the negative feelings ? He does not hate anyone, He is not Angry, He is full of Love Care and Compassion. Can you picture the quality of life of such a person ? Is it possible for you to imagine a person who is a ‘STHITAPRAGNYA’ (स्थितप्रज्ञ) (refers to “one whose intelligence is fixed in self-realization” – a man with fixed wisdom ) in a sense that he treats Praise and Abuse at the same level, treats Happiness and Misery as equal. Even if one does not complete the final process of eradicating the ‘I’ consciousness the improvement in the quality of life is still worth the effort.
So the relevance of the ‘Spiritual Values’ in modern life really comes to this. Whether you believe in the ultimate goal or not , whether you believe in the spiritual dimension or not , the process of transcendence of the gross mind improves the quality of your life. When the critical mass of the society, were to achieve even this limited goal the transformation of the society will begin.
My friend ! Love, Kindness and Compassion are universal. Sometimes being loving, kind and compassionate allows others to see the goodness in HUMANITY through you. Always be loving and kinder than necessary. Meditate on the natural kindness you extend to others. Bathe in this kindness silently and quietly for your own self-nourishment.
No matter what your political views are or which side you are on, You must be a decent human being, full of love, compassion, kindness, care, understanding, help & do good for others. This is the simple point which I wish to communicate to you all today, with this meaningful, soulful hymn, which is my favourite and very close to my thoughts and heart.
Let YourLightShine as an INSPIRATION to HUMANITY and ‘BE THE REASON‘ someone believes in the goodness of “A PERSON”.
Go forward with a heart full of Love, Bliss & Light !
Shri Nishant R
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