Vaishnav literally means one who worships Vishnu. But the word really stands for a person who has the qualities of an ideal human being; one who knows the pain of others, reaches out to those in misery, accepts and praises the entire world and sees everyone equally. Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye, is the immortal composition of the 15th century Gujarati poet Narsi Mehta, emphasises the virtues of the Vaishnav code of life. The poet at the end states that he would like to see such a person, by whose virtue goodness prevails in the world. This bhajan was one of Gandhiji’s favourite hymns and was included in his daily prayers.