47. Baani Bhakt Ravidaas Ji Ki

Ang 694: Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Baani Ravidaas Ji Ki

ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਭਗਤ ਰਵਿਦਾਸ ਜੀ ਕੀ

ੴ ਸਤਿਗੁਰ ਪ੍ਰਸਾਦਿ ॥

ਹਮ  ਸਰਿ  ਦੀਨੁ  ਦਇਆਲੁ  ਨ  ਤੁਮ  ਸਰਿ  ਅਬ  ਪਤੀਆਰੁ  ਕਿਆ  ਕੀਜੈ  ॥ ਬਚਨੀ ਤੋਰ ਮੋਰ ਮਨੁ ਮਾਨੈ ਜਨ ਕਉ ਪੂਰਨੁ ਦੀਜੈ ॥੧॥ ਹਉ ਬਲਿ ਬਲਿ ਜਾਉ ਰਮਈਆ ਕਾਰਨੇ ॥ ਕਾਰਨ ਕਵਨ ਅਬੋਲ ॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਬਹੁਤ ਜਨਮ ਬਿਛੁਰੇ ਥੇ ਮਾਧਉ ਇਹੁ ਜਨਮੁ ਤੁਮ੍ਹ੍ਹਾਰੇ ਲੇਖੇ ॥ ਕਹਿ ਰਵਿਦਾਸ ਆਸ ਲਗਿ ਜੀਵਉ ਚਿਰ ਭਇਓ ਦਰਸਨੁ ਦੇਖੇ ॥੨॥੧॥

Summary
Devotee Ravidaas Ji is one of the reverend saints in Sikhism. In this Shabad, he is calling himself a deserter, the ‘forlorn’. How is it possible? It is irony of society that a saint of his stature feels as deserter. Well, the people of his time and even in current time could not understand him and unfortunately he was discarded as ‘Lower Caste’. People could not understand his spiritual state and kept insulting him. His plight no one could understand, so socially he was alone, living in a withered hut doing his work and fully immersed in His Lord.
Any individual in such state will seek revenge for his poor condition and will complain. But did he take revenge, did he ever complain? No, in fact he surrendered himself to ‘The One’. Whatever he has in mind, he spoke freely with his ‘Lord’. He built up relationship with ‘The One’ abandoning all the relationship the world had to offer. He used his loneliness to awake ‘Vairag’ rather than withering away in other immoral activities. He did not wait for the world to understand him, rather took refuge in ‘Lord’s Feet’. His truthfulness, devotion and surrender showered ‘The Grace of Lord’ on him and he rose above everything.
In this Shabad, he is requesting ‘The One’, as he has been dejected by society to accept him. As ‘The Lord’ is compassionate and no one is as compassionate as HIM, so he is hopeful that HE will surely accept him. Ravidaas ji with all his devotion humbly asking ‘The One’ what else he needs to do to prove his surrender to HIM. He asks THE ONE,is there a need to test him further? He is asking such question not because he wants to evade test but since he is willing to undertake any test in form of hardship or adversity to prove his loyalty towards his ‘Lord’. How many of us give up faith when subjected to sorrows, but he living in worst possible social condition is ready to take up any other hardship to walk as per HIS WILL. This is only possible since his mind has accepted ‘The Word of Lord’. That is he has accepted the ‘Hukum – The Will of Lord’. Please note ‘Acceptance’ is the key word. Without accepting ‘The Lord’ cannot be found. As per Devotee Kabeer Ji:
ਮਨੁ ਮਾਨਿਆ ਤਉ ਹਰਿ ਜਾਨਿਆ ॥੪॥੧੧॥[1]
(Now that my mind has accepted, I have come to know the Lord.)
Further, he calls himself the humble servant who seeks for blessing of completeness. Rationality seeks completeness in matter which is unstable, will cease to exist but humble saints of HIS seek completeness in walking in HIS WILL. Rationality challenges The Lord when disaster strikes it and ask question why ‘me’? And even question how can I suffer when I have tried attaching to HIM? Well, HIS true servants never question and gleefully accepts whatever HE has to put in their destiny. They are sacrifice to HIM and thank HIM that HE rendered them by putting something in their lap.
And Ravidass Ji being HIS true and humble servant is sacrifice to The Lord. He wants to listen HIM. How many wants to listen? Almost None! But without listening, Japji Sahib has described beauty of listening like no one has done, spiritual greatness cannot be achieved.
Also, mortals are scared of silence since they tend to hear all kind of voices in their mind. Sitting in silence they hear conflicts, negative emotions etc. It is difficult for them to accept it. And in this state they could not even think clearly forget about thinking or praying or asking or talking to The Lord. But Ravidas ji is above all the conflicts. So what worries him? Well, in silence he could not hear his ‘Lord’. How many of us even strive for it? How many of us are desperate to hear ‘Lord’, well we all just want to hear the noises which ‘massage’ our ego.
Then he speaks about his incarnations and accepts that in all his births he has been separated from ‘Lord’. Again, how many of us remember past lives? Well, Ravidaas Ji was the blessed one who remembered all his past lives. And next moment he dedicates ‘his current life’ to ‘Lord’. Well, something for us to realize. Can we do the same? We struggle to dedicate a single moment to ‘Lord’ and Ravidaas Ji is saying about whole life.
He further says, that he has placed his hopes in ‘The Lord’ and he lives on that hope. Where we place our hopes, something to ponder? Our hopes are placed on world which is bound to collapse shattering every hope we put on it. He asks for blessed vision of ‘Lord’s Darshan’ for which he has been waiting for long time. And what mortal ask for? Even the thought of Lord’s Vision don’t cross the mind of mortals.
In summary, Ravidaas Ji asks us to dedicate every moment of life to Lord, so what no hope is left, so what we have been left  in aloofness, we just need to put our hope on ‘The Lord’, and HE is compassionate to attach us to HIM.
Dhan Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji… 🙏🙏🙏
[1] Raag Sorath Baani Kabeer Ji Ki – Ang 656 Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
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