Jali or “ਜਲਿ” = in Water
Thali or “ਥਲਿ” = in Land
Maheeali or “ਮਹੀਅਲਿ” = in Sky
In the Gurbani, God is celebrated as Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent. It means, He is everywhere – in everything, at every place, in water, on the land, in the sky…
- ਰਾਮੁ ਰਮੈ ਸੋਈ ਰਾਮਾਣਾ ॥ ਜਲਿ ਥਲਿ ਮਹੀਅਲਿ ਏਕੁ ਸਮਾਣਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥: Through Simran (contemplation, unbroken remembrance, etc., he who becomes one with the Lord – ਅਭੇਦ or inseparable) belongs to the Lord. (He understands that) the One Lord is permeating in water, Land and sky. ||1||Pause|| (sggs 194).
In other words, the Gurbani’s God is not just in the milky ocean. He is not just in Vaikunth. He is not just in paradise. He is not just in temples. He has become everything. He permeates everything and everyplace, evenly.
He is Antaryami.
Everything is filled with His Glory. For He is: “ਜਲਿ ਥਲਿ ਮਹੀਅਲਿ ਏਕੁ ਸਮਾਣਾ”.
The implication is that – although He is called by many names – there is but One God. There is no such thing as a separate Sikh soul, a separate Christian soul, a separate Muslim soul, a separate Hindu soul, a young soul, an old soul, a rich soul, a poor soul, and so on. And that there is no such thing as a separate Sikh God, a separate Christian God, a separate Muslim God, a separate Hindu God, and so on.
If someone believes otherwise, he apparently does not understand the “Hukam”. The All-permeating Reality is One without-a-second. One Supreme Light is hidden in all beings and things just as the butter is hidden in the milk, and the fire is hidden in the wood.
- ਸਗਲ ਬਨਸਪਤਿ ਮਹਿ ਬੈਸੰਤਰੁ ਸਗਲ ਦੂਧ ਮਹਿ ਘੀਆ ॥ ਊਚ ਨੀਚ ਮਹਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਮਾਣੀ ਘਟਿ ਘਟਿ ਮਾਧਉ ਜੀਆ ॥੧॥: Just as the fire is contained in all firewood and butter is contained in all milk; so too is God’s Light contained in the high and the low (ਚੰਗੇ ਮੰਦੇ ਸਭ ਜੀਵ); God is in the hearts of all beings. ||1|| (sggs 617).
The Gurbani asserts that only the Gurmukh can understand this Truth. So the Gurbani urges us to become the Gurmukh. Rest is all Paakhand (“ਪਾਖੰਡੁ” – hypocrisy).
- ਕਰਿ ਬੈਰਾਗੁ ਤੂੰ ਛੋਡਿ ਪਾਖੰਡੁ ਸੋ ਸਹੁ ਸਭੁ ਕਿਛੁ ਜਾਣਏ ॥ ਜਲਿ ਥਲਿ ਮਹੀਅਲਿ ਏਕੋ ਸੋਈ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੁਕਮੁ ਪਛਾਣਏ ॥: (O mind!) Become detached, and renounce hypocrisy (of your superficial Bairaag or Pakhand); the Divine knows everything (from within you). The One (Universal Energy) pervades the water, the land and the sky (i.e., He is everywhere – ਹਰ ਥਾਂ ਸਮਾਇਆ ਹੋਇਆ ਹੈ); by becoming Gurmukh one realizes the Hukam (Law of Nature…). (sggs 440).