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Raam Gyo Raavan Gyo

Raam Gyo Raavan Gyo

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Raam Gyo Raavan Gyo
Some of the Sikhs translate this verse as under:
rwmu gieE rwvnu gieE jw kau bhu prvwru ]
Ramchand passed away, as did Raawan, even though he had lots of relatives.
 
 khu nwnk iQru kCu nhI supny ijau sMswru ]50]
Says Nanak, nothing lasts forever; the world is like a dream. ||50||
These scholars interpret the above verse by translating the word “Raam” as “Ramchand.”However, it’s important for us to study this further and to realize that there’s a big differencebetween Raam and Ramchand.In Gurbani, the word 'Raam' has been used for God and not for Ramchand (A king of Ayodhia.)Reading Gurbani, we can see that there are various names which have been given to God in Gurbani.Such words include: Prabhu, Pritpalak, Swami, Narayan etc. Expanding on the list of given names,we know that Raam is also one of them.Furthermore, looking at the word Ramchand, we know that it’s the word given to a human being (aKing) and is quite different from the words God and Raam.To study this further, let’s take a look at a few verses out of thousands in Gurbani. These wordsclearly show that the word Raam is used for God.
 BweI ry rwmu khhu icqu lwie ]
O Siblings of Destiny, chant the Lord's Name, and focus your consciousness on Him.
( Ang 22 )
rwm jphu Bvjlu auqrhu pwir ]1]
Chant the Lord's Name, and cross over the terrifying world-ocean. ||1||
( Ang 161 )
rwmu jphu myrI sKI sKYnI ]
Meditate on the Lord, O my friends and companions.
( Ang 416 )
 hir jn ismrhu ihrdY rwm ]
O humble servants of the Lord, remember the Lord in meditation within your heart.
( Ang 702 )To understand these points better, if we look at Bhagat Naamdev Ji, we can see that he clarifies that Ramchand is quite different from Raam.
 
 Bhagat Namdev mentions about Ramchand ( Ang 874 )
 pWfy qumrw rwmcMdu so BI Awvqu dyiKAw Qw ]
O Pandit, I saw your Ramchand coming too
 
rwvn syqI srbr hoeI Gr kI joie gvweI QI ]3]
He lost his wife fighting against Raavan.We all know that God is immortal, there has never been any question about that. However, Gurbanitells us that both God and the Demon/Devil always exist in the form of a human being.Noble human beings have more of God and less of the Devil within them, and for bad human beingswho commit many wrongdoings and hurt others, we know that they have more Demon within themand less of God. Gurbani asks us to curb the Demon and let God take control of our emotions andthat is the only path to prosperity.Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji ask us to give up corrupt ways and worship God ( Ang 51 )
 sMic hir Dnu pUij siqguru Coif sgl ivkwr ]
Gather in the Wealth of the Lord, worship the True Guru, and give up all your corrupt ways.
Sri Guru Amar Daas Ji says ( Ang 441 )
 mn qUM joiq srUpu hY Awpxw mUlu pCwxu ]
O my mind, you are the embodiment of the Divine Light - recognize your own origin.
 While God resides in our body, five demons also reside in our body.The five evils or five thieves or panch doot (five demons) or
panj
 
vikar
(five sins) as they arereferred to in Sri
Guru Granth Sahib
Ji are the five major weaknesses of the human personality at variance with its spiritual essence.These are the five traits that bring misery and pain to our lives. Guru Sahibaan repeatedly ask us toovercome these internal demons and clasp the virtues of the Divine Light.Sri Guru Amar Daas Ji says ( Ang 600 )
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Within this body dwell the five thieves: Lust desire, anger, greed, emotional attachment and pride.
 
 AMimRqu lUtih mnmuK nhI bUJih koie n suxY pUkwrw ]
They plunder the Nectar, but the self-willed manmukh does not realize it; no one hears his complaint 
 
 
Manmukhs are compared to foolish, evil Demons by Guru Sahib. Such examples are seen here:
 scu scw ijnI n syivAw sy mnmuK mUV byqwly ]
Those who do not serve the Truest of the True - those self-willed manmukhs are foolish demons.
( Ang311 )
 jo moih mwieAw icqu lwiedy myrI ijMduVIey sy mnmuK mUV ibqwly rwm ]
Those self-willed manmukhs who focus their consciousness on Maya, O my soul, are foolish, evil demons.
( Ang 538 )
 mnmuK AMDy iPrih byqwly ]
The blind self-willed manmukhs wander around like demons;
( Ang 117 )On the basis of his actions and qualities, our Gurus have divided man into two categories:'Gurmukh' and 'Manmukh'.If a man controls his evil impulses, his ego and attunes himself to God, he becomes a 'Gurmukh', ( aGod-dedicated soul ). But if he forgets God and fails to control his evil impulses, he degenerates andbecomes a 'Manmukh' – a self-willed Demon away from God.The 'Manmukh' is attached to worldly wealth, monetary allurements and sensual enjoyments. Hisdesires are unlimited and he is never satisfied. The 'Manmukh' is the self-willed egocentric, whopractices falsehood and sin. He is led astray by greed and ego. He is enveloped by the darkness of ignorance. He is tossed in bondage from birth to birth.However, on the other end of the spectrum is a Gurmukh, one who is a Disciple of the Guru. Theliteral translation of a Gurmukh is one, who is the illumined. When one meditates over the name of God, he enjoys supreme bliss and happiness. He is compassionate and serves humanity and like afully blossomed flower he scatters his fragrance around and beautifies the world with his benignpresence.In Gurbani, the example of Raavan is quoted to distinguish between a Gurmukh and a Manmukh.Raavan was a great pundit and had mastered all the Shastras and Vedas, yet he could not control hislust for revenge and sex. In due time, in spite of his holiness, the evil animal of lust, greed and egotook over him, and as a Manmukh, soon faced his destruction as he strayed away from the holy pathof the supreme God.Guru Sahibaan repeatedly show us the right way and state how Raam is the other name of God.Therefore, we should be left with no doubt that the words Raam and Ramchand are totallydifferent, and have no relationship to each other.Nowadays, people are so engrossed in worldly affairs that they never think that this world is just adream and is not permanent in nature. They fail to realize that all of the material things have novalue as nothing goes with a human being when he leaves this world. However, when the DivineLight takes control of his innerself and a Manmukh becomes a Gurmukh, then the Manmukh (akathe Demon within him) runs away along with his family: i.e. Kam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh and Ahankar.

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