Nanak Dev Jee and Ravidas Jee
ਆਖਣ ਵਾਲਾ ਕਿਆ ਵੇਚਾਰਾ ॥
ਸਿਫਤੀ ਭਰੇ ਤੇਰੇ ਭੰਡਾਰਾ ॥
ਜਿਸੁ ਤੂ ਦੇਹਿ ਤਿਸੈ ਕਿਆ ਚਾਰਾ ॥
ਨਾਨਕ ਸਚੁ ਸਵਾਰਣਹਾਰਾ ॥ (੯)
Aakhan vaala kya vechaara ||
Sifti bhare tere bhandara ||
Jis tu dehe tise kya chaara ||
Nanak sach svaranhaara || (9)
meaning thereby that the person who is speaking (Nanak here) is helpless. Nothing is in the hands of the person giving this message. The greater Cosmic truth is shaping each one of us (including the writer of these verses), but those whom it shapes are helpless by themselves.
But Sikhs in general, address Nanak as Guru (the name reserved for the giver of all knowledge) and ironically, using the same logic do NOT call Ravidas as Guru for some unknown reasons. Either both of them (along with other authors of Gurbani) shall be called Guru, or none of them can be addressed as Guru. But unfortunately, people don't want to speak the truth, because people are divided into groups and are inherently dishonest.
Even if one sees chronologically, Ravidas is a predecessor of Nanak and therefore, must have received and realized the Cosmic truth before him. But the more compelling societal factor of 'lower caste' has overpowered the thinking of mainstream Sikhs and has led them to believe that somehow Ravidas is of a lower stature than Nanak.
The reason of this false belief could be either mischief or stupidity. Both the category of people are not favorable for Gurmat parchaar. If the people propagating this false belief of distinction between the various author's of Gurbani are mischief-makers, then they need to be shown the outside door. That is because they must be doing it on purpose to create rift. If however, they have been doing so due to ignorance, then they can be corrected appropriately.
It is high time that Sikhs take a truthful stand, because that is the only path a Sikh is supposed to take.