SOORAA – ਸੂਰਾ = Hero, ਸੂਰਮਾ, brave, etc.

KULAVANT – ਕੁਲਵੰਤੁ  = Of noble birth or decent, of a noble family, ਉੱਚੀ ਕੁਲ ਵਾਲਾ, etc.

Some call themeselves KULAVANT (ਕੁਲਵੰਤੁ) based on their caste, race, family of birth, heredity, ancestry, region, social status, creed, education, titles, and so on. The Gurbani does not support this nonsense.

  • ਜੌ ਤੂੰ ਬ੍ਰਾਹਮਣੁ ਬ੍ਰਹਮਣੀ ਜਾਇਆ ॥ ਤਉ ਆਨ ਬਾਟ ਕਾਹੇ ਨਹੀ ਆਇਆ ॥੨॥: If you are indeed a Brahmin, born of a Brahmin mother, then why didn’t you come by some other way ||2|| (sggs 324)?
  • ਉਤਮ ਮਧਿਮ ਜਾਤੀਂ ਜਿਨਸੀ ਭਰਮਿ ਭਵੈ ਸੰਸਾਰੁ ॥ (sggs 1243).

Some call themselves SOORAA (ਸੂਰਾ) based on their physical strength, blowing themselves up and killing innocents in the process, oppressing the destitute, terrorizing others, dying in the battle field, and so on. The Gurbani does not support this either.

  • ਸੂਰੇ ਏਹਿ ਨ ਆਖੀਅਹਿ ਅਹੰਕਾਰਿ ਮਰਹਿ ਦੁਖੁ ਪਾਵਹਿ ॥ ਅੰਧੇ ਆਪੁ ਨ ਪਛਾਣਨੀ ਦੂਜੈ ਪਚਿ ਜਾਵਹਿ ॥ ਅਤਿ ਕਰੋਧ ਸਿਉ ਲੂਝਦੇ ਅਗੈ ਪਿਛੈ ਦੁਖੁ ਪਾਵਹਿ ॥ ਹਰਿ ਜੀਉ ਅਹੰਕਾਰੁ ਨ ਭਾਵਈ ਵੇਦ ਕੂਕਿ ਸੁਣਾਵਹਿ ॥ ਅਹੰਕਾਰਿ ਮੁਏ ਸੇ ਵਿਗਤੀ ਗਏ ਮਰਿ ਜਨਮਹਿ ਫਿਰਿ ਆਵਹਿ ॥੯॥: They are not called heroes, who die of egotism, suffering in pain. The (egotist, ignorant) blind ones do not realize their own selves (i.e., True Nature, Joti-Svaroopa, etc.); in the love of duality, they rot. They struggle with (others in) great anger; they suffered in the past and will suffer in the future. The Divine ( Wisdom or Virtues, Truth, Mool…),  is not pleased by egotism; the Vedas proclaim this clearly. Those who die in egotism are ruined. (Their minds) die and are reborn, repeatedly ||9|| (sggs 1089).
  • ਨ ਭੀਜੈ ਭੇੜਿ ਮਰਹਿ ਭਿੜਿ ਸੂਰ ॥: (God) is not won over by fighting and dying as a warrior in battle i.e., by becoming a martyr or Shaheed (sggs 1237).

Then, according to the Gurbani, who is the real SOORAA (ਸੂਰਾ) and KULAVANT (ਕੁਲਵੰਤ)? The Gurbani’s precise answer is as follows:

  • ਸੋ ਸੂਰਾ ਕੁਲਵੰਤੁ ਸੋਇ ਜਿਨਿ ਭਜਿਆ ਭਗਵੰਤੁ ॥ ਖਤ੍ਰੀ ਬ੍ਰਾਹਮਣੁ ਸੂਦੁ ਬੈਸੁ ਉਧਰੈ ਸਿਮਰਿ ਚੰਡਾਲ ॥ ਜਿਨਿ ਜਾਨਿਓ ਪ੍ਰਭੁ ਆਪਨਾ ਨਾਨਕ ਤਿਸਹਿ ਰਵਾਲ ॥੧੭॥: He is Soora (Spiritual Hero…), of noble birth, who is united with the Divine (wisdom, Virtues…). (That person may be a) Kh’shatriya, Brahmin, Shoodras, Vaisha and outcast pariahs (Chandaal), (they) are all saved by remembering (the Divine). Nanak is the dust of the feet of him who knows Prabh (Mool, Truth, Jot Saroop, Brahm-Giaan…) ||17|| (sggs 300).
  • ਨਾਨਕ ਸੋ ਸੂਰਾ ਵਰੀਆਮੁ ਜਿਨਿ ਵਿਚਹੁ ਦੁਸਟੁ ਅਹੰਕਰਣੁ ਮਾਰਿਆ ॥: Nanak so sooraa vareeaam jin vichahu dusat ahankaran maariaa (sggs 86).
  • ਜੋ ਇਸੁ ਮਾਰੇ ਸੋਈ ਸੂਰਾ ॥: Jo is maare soee sooraa: One who kills this (i.e., duality) is a Sooraa — Spiritual Hero (sggs 238).
  • ਸਬਦਿ ਮਿਲਾਏ ਗੁਰਮਤਿ ਸੂਰਾ ॥: Practice teaching of the Gurbani (Gurmati), become spiritual hero and emerge in the Shabad (sggs 1043).
  • ਗੁਰ ਕਾ ਸਬਦੁ ਮਨੇ ਸੋ ਸੂਰਾ ॥: He alone is a spiritual hero, who believes in the Gur-Shabad (sggs 1023).
  • ਸਚੈ ਸਬਦਿ ਮਹਾਬਲ ਸੂਰਾ ॥: Through the Shabad, one becomes brave spiritual hero (sggs 1060).

Such person is also called the “Gurmukh” in the Gurbani.