There are many concepts which we take for face value but have a much deeper meaning. Here we explain the ‘Three Worlds’ that Guru Sahib refers to many times and how we can find out which world are living in now.
Opening chand of Jaap Sahib where Akal Purakh is ‘tribhavan maheep’ or ‘king of the three worlds’. This statement is immediately followed by sur (devtay?) nar (men) and asur (demons?)
Mahan kosh tells us: Which seem to suggest heaven, earth and an underworld.
There seem to be many underworlds (also called nether worlds) as expressed in Jap Ji Sahib: ਪਾਤਾਲਾ ਪਾਤਾਲ ਲਖ ਆਗਾਸਾ ਆਗਾਸ ॥
Whether we are literally talking about specific places or whether it is a device being used to convey Waheguru’s transcendence over all dimensions/places/beings using the Sanskrit based term is an interesting question.