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During the summer of 1976 all newspapers in England published a news item under different headings. It dealt with the Sikhs' special relationship with God.

It so happened that the summer was rather hot in England that year and there were no rains. When it did not rain for several days, people felt the shortage of water. In time the shortage of water became very acute. Situation of scarcity continued for some more days when the Meteorological Department predicted that there was absolutely no hope of any rains in the coming few days.

Following this the Gurudwara at Southall decided to perform an Akhand Path(uninterrupted recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji). It was proclaimed with deep devotion that when the "ardas" would be offered on the completion of the "path" on the third day, it would rain with the blessings of God. Some people considered the proclamation a jest but many more had faith in the power of the Prayer.

The "Akhand Path" started on schedule. The entire Sikh Sangat was rapt in prayers appealing to Waheguru that He fulfils their prayers. Each heart was full of devotion, faith and selfless desire. The "Akhand Path" concluded on the third day. The weather was quite clear. Baba Jagjit Singh, offered "Ardas" in such a humble tone that everybody's eyes became wet. It is said in the Sikh scriptures that true prayer of a devotee never goes unanswered. After the "Ardas" was performed the "Hukamnama" was taken from Siri Guru Granth Sahib which began with the words that the month of "Savan"[rainy season] has come. Inside the hall the hukumnama was still being read when rain started pouring outside. Sikh slogans echoed in the air for fifteen minutes. Numerous people from T.V., newspaper and radio were witness to this. Some of the quotes from the press are as follows

The Daily Express(Saturday, 28th August 1976)

" The rain that had gone on vacation has returned on the summon of Sikhs. How wonderful the incessant downpour is! Excellent! Excellent!."

The Guardian(Saturday 28th August 1976) Correspondent Grant Perry wrote under the heading--The Prayer of a Sikh religious leader is answered.

"The umbrellas lying idle in London for the last six weeks were taken out when it started pouring incessantly in answer to the prayer made by the Sikhs."

In News Agent, David Macmillan writes

"In case of bringing rain, Sikhs have succeeded 100%."

Such is the Power In The Prayer Of A Sikh.

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I have just gotta pm from un-indentified user and here is what he sent me ...very interesting indeed!!!! :D

http://namdharisangatuk.org/pages/holiness.htm

Quote from the English press: The Rain Maker Guru: Southall boasts a special event during the water drought of 1976 when Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji was called the "rain maker" by the English press. There was heavy rainfall by Satguru Ji's blessing. On Saturday, 28th August, 1976, the newspaper "THE SUN" reported -

"It rained yesterday and Sikhs claimed a hundred per cent success of their Holy Man, Guru Jagjit Singh Ji. The Guru was flown in from the Punjab on Wednesday to pray for rain for the Sikhs who live in Southall, West London."

And here's one from http://namdhari.faithweb.com/veg/namdharivegact.htm

The whole world is familiar with the drastic and fatal drought which spelled the whole of Europe in the summer of 1976 and in England which had broken the records of the past two hundred and fifty years. Providentially, the Satguru blessed His followers with His divine presence in England in those days where He was supplicated by the people, including the native Englishmen, to invoke the god of rain and thus to bless the Britons with rain.

Accepting the entreaties of the British public, Satguruji prayed for the end of the drought. On the other hand, according to the Sunday Express (England) dated 19th August 1976, a water authority spokesman had said: "It will need a month of this type of weather to make any difference." The meteorological office had also forecast, "We can see no sign of change." But all were dumb stricken when "Minutes later it began to drizzle. Twenty-four hours later as He concluded His prayers the sky thundered bringing rain throughout the country amid lightning", reported the Indian Express. "The Guru has done a miracle" was the spontaneous and all smiling reaction of the people. For the whole of the humanity and animal kingdom which very few personalities bother to think about, the Satguru had answered their prayers.

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On 8/25/2003 at 7:23 PM, Jassa said:

During the summer of 1976 all newspapers in England published a news item under different headings. It dealt with the Sikhs' special relationship with God.

 

It so happened that the summer was rather hot in England that year and there were no rains. When it did not rain for several days, people felt the shortage of water. In time the shortage of water became very acute. Situation of scarcity continued for some more days when the Meteorological Department predicted that there was absolutely no hope of any rains in the coming few days.

 

Following this the Gurudwara at Southall decided to perform an Akhand Path(uninterrupted recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji). It was proclaimed with deep devotion that when the "ardas" would be offered on the completion of the "path" on the third day, it would rain with the blessings of God. Some people considered the proclamation a jest but many more had faith in the power of the Prayer.

 

The "Akhand Path" started on schedule. The entire Sikh Sangat was rapt in prayers appealing to Waheguru that He fulfils their prayers. Each heart was full of devotion, faith and selfless desire. The "Akhand Path" concluded on the third day. The weather was quite clear. Baba Jagjit Singh, offered "Ardas" in such a humble tone that everybody's eyes became wet. It is said in the Sikh scriptures that true prayer of a devotee never goes unanswered. After the "Ardas" was performed the "Hukamnama" was taken from Siri Guru Granth Sahib which began with the words that the month of "Savan"[rainy season] has come. Inside the hall the hukumnama was still being read when rain started pouring outside. Sikh slogans echoed in the air for fifteen minutes. Numerous people from T.V., newspaper and radio were witness to this. Some of the quotes from the press are as follows

 

The Daily Express(Saturday, 28th August 1976)

" The rain that had gone on vacation has returned on the summon of Sikhs. How wonderful the incessant downpour is! Excellent! Excellent!."

 

The Guardian(Saturday 28th August 1976) Correspondent Grant Perry wrote under the heading--The Prayer of a Sikh religious leader is answered.

"The umbrellas lying idle in London for the last six weeks were taken out when it started pouring incessantly in answer to the prayer made by the Sikhs."

 

In News Agent, David Macmillan writes

"In case of bringing rain, Sikhs have succeeded 100%."

 

Such is the Power In The Prayer Of A Sikh.

The Baba Jagjit Singh has one of the namdhari do the Ardas, and it was to Baba Ram Singh Ji. Nihangs and us lot went to the Namdhari Guru and we spread it over the news to humiliate the Namdhari Guru. After the Akhand Path, the Namdhari Guru Ji has his sewak do Ardas to Sant Ram Singh Ji and then it rain, get your facts right, my grandfather was there, right behind the Namdhari who did the Ardas. Nihangs didn’t talk until the Namdharis left. Don’t change history. Keep the Facts rights, since many of mainstream Sikh dont say Namdharis aren’t Sikhs, Then this “Rain God” and Rain bringer is associated with Namdharis. You should be ashamed for changing the facts and discrediting the people and the maha sant who brought the rain.

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