Vaishnavo Janato

Written in the 15th century by poet Narsinh Mehta, this poem speaks about what a virtuous life looks like: 

One who is a Vaishnav
Knows the pain of others
Does good to others
Without letting pride enter his mind.

A Vaishnav, Tolerates and praises 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.

Definitions:

  • Vaishnav: A follower of Vaishnavism. A proponent of ahimsa—respect for all living beings—and simplicity.
  • Narsi: Narsinh Mehta was a 15th-century poet.