Vaishnav Janato

Raga: Ragamalika
Tala: Adi
Composer: Narsinh Mehta

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” ~ M. K. Gandhi

Naisha’s remarks:
Since my lineage is Vaishnav and the language spoken at home is Gujarati – this piece holds a very special in my heart. This dance is also my parents favorite piece without a doubt. My Mom reminds me of the story when I was toddler and if I saw someone get hurt I would also start crying. As the lyrics mean “Tene Kahiye Je”, translates to Who, comprehend and recognizes the pain of others,


“Vaishnav Jan to” is a beautiful devotional Gujarati hymn closest to the heart of the father of the nation, Mahatama Gandhi, penned centuries back by Narsinh Mehta a 15th century poet.   Vaishnav jan to’ was. Gandhi’s moral weapon, putting it at the epicentre of Ghandhi’s Ahimsa philosophy. “Be the change you want to see in the world” Gandhi

It represents the ideal and a code of conduct that all human beings should aspire.  It also draws upon concepts from Krishna consciousness, with ideas such as giving up material desires and freeing oneself from illusion (maya).

The song extols the virtues of compassion, humility, and selflessness, and encourages listeners to emulate the example of a true Vaishnava in their own lives.  The melody of “Vaishnav Jan To” is simple yet stirring. 

Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye Meaning

This verse’s meaning is simply very interesting and holds the true essence of spirituality.

This verse continues towards discussing the virtues that are important for being a man of God.. Although, it’s quite easy to say that we all are the child of God, and there is no doubt about it. But, not everyone is the blessed one and is the man of God.  The man who lies, who is dishonest, and who promotes bad deeds in society can never be a man of God. Your success, fame, and wealth don’t make you a better or bigger person in the eyes of God. But your good deeds, high virtues, and good moral character makes you a better person in the eyes of God. 

One who does everything to save humanity and the one who preserves the cultures and traditions rightfully without bringing negativity in life is the one who prospers in the world here and even hereafter.

 Bring positivity, and your life will be full of happiness and success.  A man who is good to the people and works on the right path is never disappointed by God.


One who is a Vaishnav (Devotee of Vishnu)