Triya or (Gurmukhi: ਤਰੀਅ) or (Gurmukhi: ਤਰਿਯਾ) means "mind" or "intellect" (budhi).
ਅਲਪ ਸਖ ਛਾਡਿ ਪਰਮ ਸਖ ਪਾਵਾ ॥
Renouncing the shallow pleasures of the world, she obtains the supreme delight.
ਤਬ ਇਹ ਤਰੀਅ ਓ”ਹ ਕੰਤ ਕਹਾਵਾ ॥੪੧॥
Then, she is the soul-bride; He is called her Husband Lord. ||41||
Here Triya is not any Male or Female but our inner Spirit (mind and heart), which leave all worldly things and immerses in God. The above is definition of (Gurmukhi: ਤਰੀਅ) or (Gurmukhi: ਤਰਿਯਾ), Triya (soul bride). When there is no contentment in the person till then he or she consider himself male or female but when he or she has contentment, then he/she will calls their self a "Soul bride" (Triya) of God. This type of Triya is also called Gurmuk(i) or Suchaji or Gunwanti. Adi Granth has information about such Triya in Bani under title Suchaji, Gunwanti. Such triya (budhi) is always within the realm of Gurmat.
When a mind or intellect play charitars crossing the limits of Gurmat, such Triya is called Kuchaji; Guru Granth Sahib contains hymns describing Kuchaji (budhi).
The Charitropakhyan bani of Guru Gobind Singh, is about Triya (budhi or mind-set) which plays Charitar in limits or out of limits of Gurmat. It may be Male's Triya (Aadmi di Budhi) or Female's Triya (Aurat di Budhi).
Charitropakhyan is character of Triya (Budhi) which is Manmat(i) (self or ego driven). This is a test of Gurmukh (driven by Guru's wisdom) and a warning to Gurmukh to get away from such things negative thoughts and actions. Guru Gobind Singh collected all these stories for his Sikhs to read learn and know how the world really works and how the Gurmukh can save him or herself from such Triyas(Maleen Budhi).
Temporal meaning of Triya is Woman too but this charitar is not only about woman's budhi but also about man's budhi too.
Type of Triya Charitar
Two types of Triya Charitar, according to identity:
1) Purakh's, Triya Charitar (Male Charitar)
2) Triya's, Triya Charitar (Female Mind Charitar)
Purakh Charitar: Purakh Charitar are those TRIYA CHARITARS, in which characters are Male. The Male's mind(Budhi) play charitar are placed under this category. These are added to show that TRIYA doesn't mean only female but it's mind or budhi which play such charitars.
Triya Charitar: Triya Charitar are those TRIYA CHARITARS, where characters are female. Temporal meaning of Triya is Female too. The Female's mind(Budhi) play charitar are placed under this category. These charitars are more in number then Purakh's Triya Charitars as aim of these charitar was to guide King that even female's mind can be Manmat(i) and she can play such wrong charitar to satisfy her rage.