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Narsi Metha - A song

Madanmohan das - Mon, 10 Jan 2005 02:39:28 +0530
The Gujarati saint Narsi Metha, not so well known by Gaudiyas, but here in London there is a very large Gujarati community, many of whom revere Narsi Metha. An English edition of his songs translated by Swami Mahadevananda and published by motilal, is a nice book;

Here's a sample;

With what good deeds have I been born,
That the lord himself should be love-lorn;
With great humility come to see,
And crave regards from only me.

The great immortals say the lord
Cannot be won by wisdom's sword;
But yet that lord who knows no check
Embraces me , arms round my neck.

The sacrifices, and the pain
Of penances, in which is saught in vain
A dream of him who lives above,
That lord I see with ease of love.

He leaves his restful Sesa throne
From highest heaven he comes alone
To my abode - love sanctified,
He, yellow clad, comes to my bed.

The sacred texts say he fulfils
The promise, whom love so fills.
Narsi says lord comes to me
Rewarding my humility.

anuraag - Tue, 28 Jun 2005 01:37:52 +0530
Song: Vaishnav jan tO

Vaishnav jan tO
raagam: raagamaalika
taaLam: aadi
Composer: Naarsi Mehta

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


1: One who is a Vaishnav (Believer in Vishnu)
Is one who knows the pain of others
Does good to others, especially to those who are in misery
And does not let pride enter his mind

2: A Vaishnav tolerates and praises the the entire world,
Does not say bad things about anyone,
Keeps his/her words, actions and thoughts pure.
O Vaishnav, your mother is blessed (dhanya-dhanya)

3: A Vaishnav is one who sees everything equally, rejects greed and avarice,
Considers another's wife or daughter his mother
His tongue may be tired, but he will never speak lies,
One who does not even touch someone else's property

4: A Vaishnav is one who does not succumb to worldly attachments,
Who has devoted himself to staunch detachment from worldly pleasures,
Who has become addicted to the elixir coming by the name of Ram,
For whom all the religious sites are in the mind.

5: A Vaishnav is one who has no greed and deceit,
Who has renounced lust of all types and anger.
The poet Narsi would like to see such a person
by whose virtue, the entire family gets salvation.

by Sri Naarsi Mehta
Madanmohan das - Tue, 28 Jun 2005 02:16:13 +0530
Page 120 from the book mentioned above.

Saints truely adore the feet of Govinda.
Human bodies are just made of dross.
Sing Krsna, Krsna again and again,
You'll get joy just repeating his name.

The gods in their heavens want to worship lord Hari
While silly man just forgets.
I swear Krsna's name is the only real way,
Let your heart never leave it at all.

The great yogis and saints roam in the forests
To get just a glimpse of the lord.
And lord Vitthala just goes to graze cows like a cowherd.
Narsi says think of him and be saved.