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.