THE VIRTUES OF A VAISHNAV

The Bhajan is in essence a “definition” of “Vaishnav”

Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je [One who is a vaishnav] Peed paraayi jaane re [Knows the pain of others] Par-dukhkhe upkaar kare toye [Does good to others, esp. to those ones who are in misery] Man abhimaan na aane re [Does not let pride enter his mind] Vaishnav…

Sakal lok maan sahune vande [A Vaishnav, Tolerates and praises the entire world] Nindaa na kare keni re [Does not say bad things about anyone] Vaach kaachh man nishchal raakhe [Keeps his/her words, actions and thoughts pure] Dhan-dhan janani teni re [O Vaishnav, your mother is blessed]  Vaishnav……

Sam-drishti ne trishna tyaagi [A Vaishnav sees everything equally, rejects greed and avarice] Par-stree jene maat re [Considers someone else’s wife/daughter as his mother] Jivha thaki asatya na bole [The tongue may get tired, but will never speak lies] Par-dhan nav jhaalee haath re [Does not even touch someone else’s property] Vaishnav…

Moh-maaya vyaape nahi jene [A Vaishnav does not succumb to worldly attachments] Dridh vairaagya jena man maan re [Who has devoted himself to staunch detachment to worldly pleasures] Ram naam shoon taali laagi [Who has been addicted to the elixir coming by the name of Ram] Sakal tirath tena tan maan re [For whom all the divya desams(the 108 centres of inspiration) are in the mind] Vaishnav…

Van-lobhi ne kapat-rahit chhe [Who has no greed and deceit] Kaam-krodh nivaarya re [Who has renounced lust of all types and anger] Bhane Narsaiyyo tenun darshan karta [The poet Narsi will like to see such a person] Kul ekoter taarya re [By whose virtue, the entire family gets salvation] Vaishnav…

Written by Narasinh Mehta, Gandhiji adored the bhajan which was recently sung in 124 countries.

Ramanujacharya’s life history depicts this depth of a true Vaishnava that goes beyond what this bhajan conveys. Every single incident in His life history is a clear mark of all such great virtues and more. We should be proud to have Statue of Equality being dedicated to such principled soul. His wisdom is a gateway to liberation not from only pain of the physical body but also from flaws in intellect, ill health of mind, or bondage of the soul in a limited body.

Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji’s strict adherence to all the principles of a true Vaishnava is laying out the foundation for many generations. Every single person who comes to visit Swamiji says only one thing: ‘Unforgettable pleasant vibrant experience!’