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Yves - "Rahao" is an instruction to the reader. It is not to be read out loud. It means to pause (silence) and let the next lines sink in to your understanding. It usually precedes the main thought of the shabad.

I know some people read it out loud, that is because a habit was created and passed from person to person based on the principle of "never alter Gurbani," but "rahao was inserted by the Guru to allow pause and reflection on his words.