ਰਾਮੁ ਗਇਓ ਰਾਵਨੁ ਗਇਓ ਜਾ ਕਉ ਬਹੁ ਪਰਵਾਰੁ ॥
ਕਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਥਿਰੁ ਕਛੁ ਨਹੀ ਸੁਪਨੇ ਜਿਉ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥੫੦॥
Raam Geo Raavan Geo Jaa Ko Boh Parvaar |
Keh Naanak Thir Kacch Nahin Supne Jeon Samsaar | 50 |
Pious people like Lord Raam Ji go, egoistic people like Raavan Ji perished,
Although he had many relatives whose company he cherished.
Says Naanak, all this universe is changeable you must know,
Truly this world is like a perpetual great dream-show.
Death is certain. No matter what we do, It will not stop whether it comes for sages or sinner, it does not discern. Prakriti needs to keep a balance. With this premise, Guru Ji here refers to Ramayana, and mostly to its main people: Lord Raam Ji and Raavan Ji. Both were great and intelligent, yet Raam Ji represents the divine, humble, wise, and noble protagonist and uses his wisdom for the benefit of humanity; Raavan Ji, on the other hand, represents the one who uses all the wisdom, spiritual and materialistic, for egoistic and selfish purposes. Guru Ji says that even Raam Ji and Raavan Ji could not stay in the body forever, and other people followed and will follow the same route: the decay of body. Therefore, he reminds us to always remember the world is dream-like: in this moment one thing exists, in another it does not. Like a dream it vanishes away as we get up. And we too are part of that dream, that we will too vanish one day. Nothing can stop that change, we might beg, or might lay before the feet of Lord of death. However, what remains important is what we really mean and did while you were in this human body, did we behave with divine heart, or devilish heart? That is all that we need to think about and then slowly improve ourselves. Besides, Lord Raam Ji and Raavan Ji live in us, whom do we cultivate the most, that is totally up to one’s own choice (for the simple fact that we don’t like to force our perspective upon anybody). We all know that Raavan Ji wrote such a magna opus: the very Shiv Tandav Stotram. His mistake was his own self-centredness, that he went against his own ishta, Sarvpati (Lord of all), Ishaan (The first), Lord Shiv. Then, the noose of fate wove around his life, thus choking him.*
Satnaam Sri Waheguru and Jai Sri Hari.
Take care all of you, and let the Mother Divine reside in our hearts.
Happy Navratris (Navratras)
* that is just a metaphor to describe that he became his own enemy just by going the One who gave him his power and supremacy.