Where is God?

The Gurmat (Wisdom, Giaan, Upadesh, Sikhiaa, or Way of the  Sri Guru Granth Sahib, SGGS) tells us that – on account of diversified activities or Virtues of the ONE Creative Universal Energy – people call god by many names. Also, people call or explain it differently because that’s what they have been told from childhood. For example, Muslims’ god is different for they were told so, Christian god is different for they were told so, Buddhist god is different for they were told so, Hindu god is different for they were told so, and so on.

  • ਕਿਰਤਮ ਨਾਮ ਕਥੇ ਤੇਰੇ ਜਿਹਬਾ ॥ ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਤੇਰਾ ਪਰਾ ਪੂਰਬਲਾ ॥: (O Creator!) The tongue (of beings) utters that name of You (which they have created or made-up seeing Your diversified activities or Virtues in Kudrat). But ‘Sat Naam’ is Your Primal name (i.e., you are ‘existent’, this ‘existence’ of Yours existed even before the creation of the world. ). (sggs 1083).

However, there is a huge difference between the Inner Experience (Anubhav-ਅਨੁਭਵ) or Realized Wisdom (Giaan-ਗਿਆਨ) and what we were taught or conditioned from the very childhood (ਸਿਖਾਈ ਗਈ ਗੱਲ). Any borrowed collection of information is NOT real Wisdom (Giaan-ਗਿਆਨ) – its a false or Mithiaa knowledge for its bases is false.

So, call it by whatever name you like — Rabb, Universal Energy, god, Parmaatam, Truth, Allah, Kudrat, Hukam, Akaal, Gobind, Hari, Raam etc. — the Wisdom (Giaan-ਗਿਆਨ) of the SGGS tells us that everything is Rabb or god.

  • ਤੂ ਹਿਰਦੈ ਗੁਪਤੁ ਵਸਹਿ ਦਿਨੁ ਰਾਤੀ ਤੇਰਾ ਭਾਉ ਨ ਬੁਝਹਿ ਗਵਾਰੀ ॥: (O Lord!) You dwell, hidden, within the Heart day and night; but the fools do not understand how to Love You. (sggs 607).
  • ਕਹੁ ਕਬੀਰ ਇਹੁ ਰਾਮ ਕੀ ਅੰਸੁ ॥: Says Kabeer! This (i.e., soul that dwells within) is Raam’s Ansh (of same essence as Rabb – Jot Saroop). (sggs 871).
  • ਸਭੁ ਗੋਬਿੰਦੁ ਹੈ ਸਭੁ ਗੋਬਿੰਦੁ ਹੈ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਹੀ ਕੋਈ॥: Gobind (Universal Energy) is All (i.e., in everything and everywhere), Gobind is All (i.e., in everything and everywhere); without Gobind, there is nothing at all. (sggs 485).
  • ਅਨਿਕ ਭਾਂਤਿ ਹੋਇ ਪਸਰਿਆ ਨਾਨਕ ਏਕੰਕਾਰੁ ॥: O Nanak! The One ‘Ekankaar’ (Universal Energy…) has expanded or spreaded in many ways. (sggs 296).

Hence, according to the Inner Experience or Wisdom (Giaan-ਗਿਆਨ) of the 35 realized beings of the SGGS, Rabb or god is ever present within.

Therefore, to find Rabb or god within one’s ownself is to:

  • Find Truth (Sach-ਸਚ) from within yourself (‘ਸਚੁ ਸਭਨਾ ਕਾ ਖਸਮੁ ਹੈ’, sggs 922).
  • Find Virtues (ਗੁਣ) from within yourself (‘ਕਾਮਣਿ ਗੁਣਵੰਤੀ ਹਰਿ ਪਾਏ’, sggs 123).
  • Find True Nature (Jot Saroop) from within yourself (‘ਮਨ ਤੂੰ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ ਹੈ’, sggs 441).
  • Find Amrit Naam (Wisdom) from within yourself (‘ਅੰਤਰਿ ਖੂਹਟਾ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਿ ਭਰਿਆ’, sggs 570).
  • Find Bliss (Anand-ਅਨੰਦ) from within yourself (‘ਅਨੰਦੁ ਭਇਆ ਮੇਰੀ ਮਾਏ’, sggs 917).
  • Find Joy from within yourself (‘ਸਤਿ ਸੁਹਾਣੁ ਸਦਾ ਮਨਿ ਚਾਉ’, sggs 4).
  • Find Peace from within yourself (‘ਜਾ ਤੂ ਅੰਦਰਿ ਤਾ ਸੁਖੇ ‘, sggs 761).
  • Find humanity from within yourself (‘ਪੂਰੀ ਸੋਭਾ ਪੂਰਾ ਲੋਕੀਕ’, sggs 188).

Gurbani says a ‘rare’ person who lives a divine Life with these divine traits becomes Hari-like (Rabb-like, god-like, Gurmukh, Daas, Jan, Bhagat…)!!

  • ਹਰਿ ਕਾ ਸੇਵਕੁ ਸੋ ਹਰਿ ਜੇਹਾ ॥ ਭੇਦੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਹੁ ਮਾਣਸ ਦੇਹਾ ॥: Hari’s Sewak (Daas, Jan, Bhagat, Gurmukh, who live a divine Life) becomes Hari-like (Rabb-like or god-like). Seeing his human body, don’t think of him as different from Rabb or god. (sggs 1076).

In other words, Rabb or god is not a subject of ‘finding’ but ‘understanding’ – knowing ownself!

To put it otherwise, many people waste their entire life in finding Rabb or god, which was never lost in the first place!

The Gurbani asserts that on account of our delusion or ignorance, we just do not understand the simple Truth that Rabb or god dwells within like the reflection in the mirror or like the fragrance in the flower.

  • ਕਾਹੇ ਰੇ ਬਨ ਖੋਜਨ ਜਾਈ ॥ ਸਰਬ ਨਿਵਾਸੀ ਸਦਾ ਅਲੇਪਾ ਤੋਹੀ ਸੰਗਿ ਸਮਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥ ਪੁਹਪ ਮਧਿ ਜਿਉ ਬਾਸੁ ਬਸਤੁ ਹੈ ਮੁਕਰ ਮਾਹਿ ਜੈਸੇ ਛਾਈ ॥ ਤੈਸੇ ਹੀ ਹਰਿ ਬਸੇ ਨਿਰੰਤਰਿ ਘਟ ਹੀ ਖੋਜਹੁ ਭਾਈ ॥੧॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਭੀਤਰਿ ਏਕੋ ਜਾਨਹੁ ਇਹੁ ਗੁਰ ਗਿਆਨੁ ਬਤਾਈ ॥ ਜਨ ਨਾਨਕ ਬਿਨੁ ਆਪਾ ਚੀਨੈ ਮਿਟੈ ਨ ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਕਾਈ ॥੨॥੧॥:  Why do you go looking (for the Divine) in the forest? (The Divine) dwells within all (still, He) ever remains unstained (from Maya. He ) even abides within you. ||1||Pause|| As the fragrance abides in the flower and the reflection in the mirror, so the Divine dwells uninterrupted (in all. Hence) O Brother! Search for Him within your Heart ||1|| Within and without, know that there is but One Divine. This is the understanding the Gur-Giaan (Gur-Wisdom) has imparted unto me. O Daas Nanak! Without Realizing one’s own self (Original, Essential, or True Nature, etc. – ਆਪਣਾ ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਪਰਖਣ ਤੋਂ ਬਿਨਾ, etc.), the moss of doubt (ignorance of one’s True Nature, etc.) is not eradicated (from the mind) ||2||1|| (sggs 684).

Although the musk is stored within a deer’s body, however, due to guiled by his own delusion, it wanders about in the forest to find it. Similarly, due to doubts (ਭਰਮ-ਜਾਲ), we keep searching Rabb or god outside in the gross objects, though Rabb is right here, within.

  • ਘਰ ਹੀ ਮਹਿ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤੁ ਭਰਪੂਰੁ ਹੈ ਮਨਮੁਖਾ ਸਾਦੁ ਨ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ ਜਿਉ ਕਸਤੂਰੀ ਮਿਰਗੁ ਨ ਜਾਣੈ ਭ੍ਰਮਦਾ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਇਆ ॥: As the body-house (the Soul, Heart, etc.) is brimful with the Amrit (Naam), still, because of the deluded mind, the self-willed Manmukh (perverse, one in material consciousness, etc.) does not recognize or experience it. (He is) like the deer, who does not recognize its own musk-scent (that is located within its own body); (but to find the musk-scent) it wanders around, deluded by doubt (sggs 644).

The majority of us are caught in the trap of doubts (ਭਰਮ-ਜਾਲ) in different ways, at different levels, and with different intensities.

  • ਸਭ ਕਿਛੁ ਘਰ ਮਹਿ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਨਾਹੀ ॥ ਬਾਹਰਿ ਟੋਲੈ ਸੋ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੁਲਾਹੀ ॥: (The Divine Virtues, Wisdom, Spiritual tranquility, Naam, Shabad, Amrit, Prabh, ਆਤਮਕ ਸੁਖ…) all that is within the Heart-Home; not outside. Who searches outside is deluded by doubts (sggs 102).

Ignorance of one’s True Nature, egotism (Haumai), the feelings of selfhood or duality deludes our intelligence and gives rise to doubts. The influence of doubts is so contagious that it destroys one’s ability to Understand a simple Truth.

  • ਬਜਰ ਕਪਾਟ ਕਾਇਆ ਗੜ੍ਹ੍ਹ ਭੀਤਰਿ ਕੂੜੁ ਕੁਸਤੁ ਅਭਿਮਾਨੀ ॥ ਭਰਮਿ ਭੂਲੇ ਨਦਰਿ ਨ ਆਵਨੀ ਮਨਮੁਖ ਅੰਧ ਅਗਿਆਨੀ ॥ ਉਪਾਇ ਕਿਤੈ ਨ ਲਭਨੀ ਕਰਿ ਭੇਖ ਥਕੇ ਭੇਖਵਾਨੀ ॥ ਗੁਰ ਸਬਦੀ ਖੋਲਾਈਅਨ੍ਹ੍ਹਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਾਨੀ ॥: Within the body-castle of a self-conceited person, there are adamantine doors of falsehood and fraud; (but) deluded by doubt, the mentally blind and ignorant Manmukh (self-willed, apostate, etc.) does not see them. The guisers (of religious robes – ਭੇਖਧਾਰੀ) have grown weary of adopting religious garbs, (even) they could not find by (such) efforts. (When one) meditates on the ‘Hari’ Naam (Spiritual Knowledge, Giaan…), their doors are opened through the Gur-Shabad (Shabad-Vichaar, Gur-Giaan, Aatm-Giaan, Gurmat…). (sggs 514).

So, if we want to free ourselves from this moss, grating, or snare of doubt (‘ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਕਾਈ’, ‘ਭ੍ਰਮ ਕੀ ਜਾਲੀ’, ਭਰਮ-ਜਾਲ…), the Gurbani tells us the mind must burst open the egg of doubt (ਭਰਮ ਦਾ ਪੜਦਾ…) and come out of it.

  • ਫੂਟੋ ਆਂਡਾ ਭਰਮ ਕਾ ਮਨਹਿ ਭਇਓ ਪਰਗਾਸੁ ॥: (With the Gur-Giaan) the egg of doubt (shell of doubt-ਭਰਮ ਦਾ ਪੜਦਾ…) has burst; the mind is Enlightened (Illumined-ਆਤਮਕ ਜੀਵਨ ਦੀ ਸੂਝ, Aatm-Giaan…). (sggs 1002).

To accomplish that, the Gurbani urges us to take up the Sword of the Guru’s Wisdom to cut the net of doubts (ignorance, foolishness, delusion of the Mayaic mind…) into pieces.

  • ਅੰਤਰਿ ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁ ਪਛਾਣਿਆ ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਵਡਿਆਈ ॥੭॥: Brahm is realized within through the Grace of the Gur-Giaan (i.e., Wisdom). (sggs 425).

In nutshell, Rabb – without form-shape-color (without ‘Roopu-ਰੂਪੁ’, ‘Raekh-ਰੇਖ’, and ‘Rangu-ਰੰਗੁ’ – is within our brain:

  • ਮਤਿ ਵਿਚਿ ਰਤਨ ਜਵਾਹਰ ਮਾਣਿਕ ਜੇ ਇਕ ਗੁਰ ਕੀ ਸਿਖ ਸੁਣੀ ॥: If one hears the Gur-Sikhiaa (Giaan or Wisdom), then the gems, jewels and rubies (i.e., Virtues, Giaan or Wisdom…) awaken within the mind. (sggs 2).

Hence, people who think of Rabb sitting in a specific building should read and digest this Shabad of Bhagat Kabeer Jee. In this Shabad, Bhagat Kabeer Jee has blown up the falsehood and special places of Rabb made by the crafty and illiterate Pujaaee groups or the Pujaaree systems of all organized and institutionalized religions (Majhab-ਮਜਹਬ).

  • ਅਲਹੁ ਏਕੁ ਮਸੀਤਿ ਬਸਤੁ ਹੈ ਅਵਰੁ ਮੁਲਖੁ ਕਿਸੁ ਕੇਰਾ ॥ ਹਿੰਦੂ ਮੂਰਤਿ ਨਾਮ ਨਿਵਾਸੀ ਦੁਹ ਮਹਿ ਤਤੁ ਨ ਹੇਰਾ ॥…: (Muslims think) Allah lives only in the mosque; then to whom does the rest of the world belong? Hindus think idol is the abode of the Divine (or the Divine) Naam; there is no truth (ਅਸਲੀਅਤ) in these claims (of both Hindus and Muslims)…. (sggs 1349).

Even the crafty and illiterate paid clergy in Sikhi and Deraavaad propagates the false (ਝੂਠ) concept of a separate god from man, which is totally Anti-Gurmat idea. The Gurmat of Baabaa Nanak or SGGS is NOT meant to regurgitate nonsense that existed before the Gurus and the Bhagats.

The idea behind this phony concept of a manufactured god ‘up there’ or ‘there yonder’ is to keep people’s mind enslaved and fearful. It’s all about securing a return business (ਧੰਧਾ) in the name of the Gurus and the Gurbani. The truth is that these people themselves are lost in the search for God (ਰਬ ਨੂੰ ਲਭਦੇ ਲਭਦੇ ਆਪ ਹੀ ਗੁਆਚੇ ਫਿਰਦੇ ਹਨ).

The Gurbani really labors to hammer this simple truth into our deluded heads.

For example, both the ocean and the waves are water. Although both the ocean and its waves are made of the same water, but for the sake of discussion one is called the ocean and the other is called the wave. Similarly, although both the gold and gold-bracelet are one and the same gold, but for the sake of discussion one is called the gold and the other is called the bracelet. Similarly, sun and rays are the same thing; etc.

Similarly, Bandaa (human being) and Rabb are the same thing.

  • ਜਲ ਤੇ ਤਰੰਗ ਤਰੰਗ ਤੇ ਹੈ ਜਲੁ ਕਹਨ ਸੁਨਨ ਕਉ ਦੂਜਾ ॥੧॥: From the water, the waves rise up; and from the waves, the water. They are only different by figures of speech. ||1|| ||1|| (sggs 1252).
  • ਤੋਹੀ ਮੋਹੀ ਮੋਹੀ ਤੋਹੀ ਅੰਤਰੁ ਕੈਸਾ ॥ ਕਨਕ ਕਟਿਕ ਜਲ ਤਰੰਗ ਜੈਸਾ ॥੧॥: You are me, and I am You—what is the difference between us? We are like gold and the bracelet, or water and the waves ||1|| (sggs 93).

Clearly, SGGS tells us that a separate God – separate from man – is a blunder created by the crafty or ignorant man!

  • ਭ੍ਰਮ ਛੂਟੇ ਤੇ ਏਕੰਕਾਰ ॥੩॥: When all doubts are gotten rid of, then what remains is the ONE RABB. (sggs 736).
  • ਪ੍ਰੀਤਮ ਬਸਤ ਰਿਦ ਮਹਿ ਖੋਰ ॥: Pritam basat rid mahi khor: My Beloved lives in the cave of my Heart (sggs 1121).


  1. Very similar to Vedic thought, which also believes divinity dwells in mountains and rivers, in all creatures, all nature.

  2. Well said and explained. I totally agree and enjoyed reading your gurbani quotes and explanation. May I also add, “Gur Saahee joth paragatt hoe.” So unless and until one does not experience the truth within oneself and knows the value of each and every breath, one just lives in fantasy or in a world away from truth.

  3. The wordings are really touchy, but we get involved in our day to day chores so much, that we forget the reality and again start searching for the God’s existence.

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