Suchajee & Kuchajee

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Suchakee & Kuchajee by Guru Nanak Dev

Suchajee and Kuchajee are the names given by Guru Nanak to two types of "women" or Jeev aatma. These names appear in the raga banis (the raga section) of the main Sikh scripture called the Guru Granth Sahib. The word "Suchajee" means a capable and skilful woman or bride while "kuchajee" is the opposite. This composition is in Raga Suhi. In this sacred script the Guru tells the world the difference between a noble and good women and a bad and ignoble women. In these banis "woman" is a reference to the soul of all human beings not just that of a woman! These banis which start at page 762 tell us how to become noble brides of God and not to fall into the trap of worldly entanglements and waste this marriage (life).

First the Guru wrote kuchajee bani and then suchajee bani so as to tell how an ignoble soul can become a noble soul. The noble soul is always honoured in God's house. The ignoble soul and noble soul both are provided every happiness in life but the noble soul never forgets the true Lord and the ignoble soul will fall into the well of attachment with worldly things. Both banis are written in Raag Suhi. The suchajee or Graceful soul always try to find the true Lord but the kuchajee or ungraceful soul does not.

The ungraceful brides (male & female) (of the Lord) fall in all Kukarams (bad habits): drinking wine, unstoppable gambling, incessant fashion commitment, excessive decorations, lazyness, etc., etc. The kuchajee soul is not considered a Sikh. Suchajee soul is also a Gunvanti (virtuous) soul. Gunvanti Bani was written by Guru Arjan Dev after these two banis. If a soul is suchajee then he/she can be gunvanti.


Main article: Suchajee

Suchajee or Suchaji is a poetry which is part of raag bani. Suchajee means a noble and graceful bride. Here the guru treats Lord as husband and human as his bride who is graceful (i.e not kuchajee). This bani shows the attitude of Noble & Graceful women towards their husband, i.e Lord. It was written by Guru Nanak and it is written In raag Suhi. It is on page 762 and consists of 10 lines and is the second stanza of the verse.


Main article: Kuchajee

Kuchajee or Kuchaji is a part of raag bani. Kuchajee means a ignoble & ungraceful bride. Here the guru refers to Waheguru as husband and to humans as God's 'bride'. This Bani has nothing to do a wife being obedient and submitting to the wishes of her 'Lord" husband on earth. In Sikhi a marriage is an equal partnership based on freedom and respect. This bani shows the attitude of ignoble & ungraceful humans towards their husband, i.e the Lord/Waheguru.

Gold, silver, pearls and rubies are the important things to a Kuchajee Bride (Guru Nanak refers to himself as the Bride). It was written by Guru Nanak and it is written in raag Suhi. It is on page 762 and consists of 16 lines and is the first stanza of the verse.


This is the third stanza in this verse and describes the worthy And virtuous bride. It appears of page 763 of Guru Granth Sahib and consists of 13 lines.

Soohee, Fifth Mehl, Gunvantee ~ The Worthy And Virtuous Bride:

When I see a Sikh of the Guru, I humbly bow and fall at his feet.

I tell to him the pain of my soul, and beg him to unite me with the Guru, my Best Friend.

I ask that he impart to me such an understanding, that my mind will not go out wandering anywhere else.

I dedicate this mind to you. Please, show me the Path to God.

I have come so far, seeking the Protection of Your Sanctuary.

Within my mind, I place my hopes in You; please, take my pain and suffering away!

So walk on this Path, O sister soul-brides; do that work which the Guru tells you to do.

Abandon the intellectual pursuits of the mind, and forget the love of duality.

In this way, you shall obtain the Blessed Vision of the Lord's Darshan; the hot winds shall not even touch you.

By myself, I do not even know how to speak; I speak all that the Lord commands.

I am blessed with the treasure of the Lord's devotional worship; Guru Nanak has been kind and compassionate to me.

I shall never again feel hunger or thirst; I am satisfied, satiated and fulfilled.

When I see a Sikh of the Guru, I humbly bow and fall at his feet. ||3||