Nanakian Philosophy in Rahao
suix pwfy ikAw ilKhu jMjwlw1 ] ilKurwm nwm gurmuiK gopwlw ]1] rhwau ] (Dakhni Oankar)
Listen, O’Pundit. What are you writing this worldly puzzles (which does not convey any idea)? With the help of Guru’s wisdom , write down (in your mind) the One, Who is prevading everywhere , Who is without any specific name , and Who takes care for everything.
Interpretation of Rahaoo will better be understood after understanding the next stanzas from # 2 to # 54 of this Bani, especially stanza # 5-7, 53, and 54. Nevertheless, it is interpreted as follows:
Guru Nanak has used the metaphoric name, Ram,many times in his Bani. When Ram is used by him it means that Eternal Entity which pervades eveywhere. It is not that Rama who was son of Dasharatha, a king of Ayodhya. Or Lord Rama, the dark skinned God - is considered the seventh Avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu. Born during the second age of the world called Treta Yuga, he is the immortal hero of the great religious epic of India, the Ramayana. Lord Ram, the most famous incarnation of God, appeared on Rama-navami (Chaitra 9). He is known as Maryada Purusottama and is the emblem of righteousness. This Rama cannot be equated to God since he is mortal like any human according to Nanakian Philosophy as follows:
rwmu gieE rwvnu gieE jw kau bhu prvwru ]
khu nwnk iQru kCu nhI supny ijau sMswru ]50]
AGGS, M 9, p 1429.
Ram, the King, passed away, as did Rawan, the king,
and all his relatives.
Says Nanak:Nothing lasts forever (immortal); the world appears to be like a dream. 50.
Therefore, the metaphoric name, Ram, used by Guru Nanak and other Sikh Gurus in their Gurbani is not that mortal Ram but that Ram, which pervades everywhere