Meaning: noun: Literally, a good-mannered woman, the title of a composition by Guru Nanak, in Guru Granth Sahib.
ਸੂਹੀ ਮਹਲਾ 1 ਸੁਚਜੀ॥
ਜਾ ਤੂ ਤਾ ਮੈ ਸਭੁ ਕੋ ਤੂ ਸਾਹਿਬੁ ਮੇਰੀ ਰਾਸਿ ਜੀਉ॥
(ਹੇ ਪ੍ਰਭੂ!) ਜਦੋਂ ਤੂੰ (ਮੇਰੇ ਅੰਦਰ ਵੱਸਦਾ) ਹੈਂ, ਤਾਂ ਮੇਰੇ ਲਈ ਸਭ ਕੁਝ ਹੈ; ਤੂੰ ਮੇਰਾ ਮਾਲਕ, ਮੇਰੀ ਰਾਸ-ਪੂੰਜੀ ਹੈਂ।
soohee mahalaa 1 suchajjee.
jaa too taa mai sabh ko too saahib meree raas jeeu.
(O Divine!) When You are (dwelling within me), then I have everything; You, my Master, are my wealth and capital. -Guru Nanak Sahib, Guru Granth Sahib, 762
Message: Suchaji is the title of another composition of Guru Nanak, in Raag Suhi, in Guru Granth Sahib. In this composition, the message of abiding by the will of the Master is conveyed. Abiding by the Divine will is the greatest way of life. The verse above is taken from this composition.
Suchaji literally means a woman of good manners and accomplishment. Figuratively, this word is used to illustrate the qualities of a Guru-oriented person – a devotee.
The verse above throws light on the qualities of such a devotee. She recognizes the Divine dwelling within her. The Divine is all pervading. She accepts that He is her Master, her wealth, her everything. He is the provider in her life.
He has the power to place a person on a throne or turn into a beggar. By His will, one can sink and drown in the sensual pleasures of the world or one can be saved by Him opening a door to His virtues.
Guru Nanak says that true love of the Divine consists in living in accordance with His will. While doing so, one must not stray from the virtues the Gurus keep teaching us about. The true devotee remains steady and stable in her love for Him, no matter the circumstances around her. She abides by the will of the Almighty.
As potential devotees (suchaji), we also need to be mindful that all that happens in our lives is by the will of the Divine. Our aim, therefore, should be to accept the ups and downs of our life – His will – graciously. We need to be humble and desire only to be close to the Divine.
Through the word of the Guru’s teachings, we can find our way to a closer relationship with our Master.
Notes: According to janam sakhi tradition, Guru Nanak uttered this hymn in conversation with Shaikh Brahm or Ibrahim, a distant spiritual successor of Shaikh Farid, whom he met in the course of his journey through western Punjab.
The Shaikh had said that they who truly loved the Divine were the true ones. Guru Nanak elaborates and says that true love of the Divine consists in living in accordance with His will.
Etymology: Blend of su (a positive prefix, meaning good or appropriate) + chajj (manner or style) + ee (a suffix of feminine gender).