(Extract from Spectrum section of
The Chandigarh Tribune)
Satguru Jagjit Singh’s contribution to the Namdhari sect can be gauged from
the following diktats issued by him:
Marriage ceremonies should be kept simple. There should be no indulgence
in extravaganza. Both the groom and the bride must dress in plain white. No
jewellery must be worn and no dowry must be given. Marriages must not take place
in hotels or lavish pandals but only at nearby Namdhari temples.
No morsel of food to be wasted, as overwhelming poverty marks the lives
Crackers must not be burst on Divali because the ensuing pollution not
only harms the environment but also brings into focus the wide disparity between
the haves and have-nots.
Lohri must not to be celebrated on the birth of a boy, as that would
speak of gender discrimination
Loud speakers should not to be used in Namdhari temples, for they add to
noise pollution and disturb the people living around.
One should not possess too many clothes, as such belongings generate
materialistic desires besides creating disparity.
Watching of films on TV or cinema halls are not allowed but children are
encouraged to watch news, sports or any other educative programmes.
The Rain In England
Pundit Gopal Singh Ji accompanied Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji to London in
1976. It was extremely hot then with no sign of rain or water. The people
were in great agony. This is how Punditji tells the story of the time when
Satguruji blessed (the people of England) with rain:
Punditji went to London with Sri Satguru Ji. The London-based Namdhari
Sikhs had also earlier called upon the Satguru at Sri Bhaini Sahib via
phone and requested "Patshah Ji, give us Your Darshan in England and
bless its people." Acknowledging the request, Patshah Ji went to
London. He was bound to go there anyway because the people of that
land were praying at His Feet. The first Guru of Kalyuga, Guru Nanak
Dev Ji, also did the same when Vali Kandhari did not share the water
he had with the people. So Guru Nanak Dev Ji Himself went to the foot
of the hill upon which Vali Kandhari lived. Quenching the thirst of
Mardana was just an excuse. Who knows how many peoples' thirsts He
quenched then? Hence the Guru went there to quench the thirst of the
Similarly, hearing the prayers of the people of England, Gareeb Nivaj
(Supporter of the poor), the Heir of Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Throne, Sri
Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji set out on a crusade to England. There many
highly acclaimed saints had prayed and held Divans at the `Mangat
Hall' in the hope of bringing rain. But nothing happened. The
officials there had immediately put the Photo of Satguru Ji on
television and announced that the Guru of Namdharis was arriving from
India, and that He would bring the rain. Those people (who did the
announcement) thought that like the rest of the `Saints' and `Sages',
HE (Satguruji) would also leave after being unsuccessful. The
Namdharis who call Him `Guru' will be all disgraced. But what do those
poor people know of the Avatar of Akal Who has come to remove sorrow
and suffering of the living-beings?
Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji gave Darshan at the `Mangat Hall'. A Divan
was held. At the end of the Divan, some people, including Britons,
approached the Satguru and requested "O, Supporter of the poor,
whatever it takes, please bless us with rain."
At first Patshah Ji said "Mein Kaun Ha Meeh Puaun Vala?" ["Who Am I To
Make Rain Fall?"] Because Patshah Ji never admits Who He really is.
After being requested the second time, the Satguru said "Acha,
Savayray Ardas Karangay Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji Day Charna Vich |
Sachay Patshah Ji Kirpa Karangay Ta Meeh Pae Javayga |" [Alright, In
The Morning (We) Will Do Ardas At The Feet Of Sri Satguru Ram Singh
Ji. If Sachay Patshah Ji Wishes Rain Will Fall."]
Morning came, Asa Ji Di Vaar's Bhog (Conclusion) was done. Pundit
Gopal Singh Ji was given the Hukam (Order) to perform Ardas. Punditji
did the Ardas "O, Akal Purakh! Sri Satguru Sachay Patshah Jio, At Your
Feet It Is Requested That The Rain May Fall. Do Shower Your Blessings.
Forgive The Beings Of Their Sins And Be Kind To Them. Men And Animals,
Trees And Plants, All Are Suffering Without Water."
The Ardas was performed at about seven o'clock in the morning. Gareeb
Nivaj Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji had showered His blessings in such a
way that it started drizzling within fifteen minutes and later it
rained so much as if there was not going to be an end to it. It was as
if the God of Rain, Inder Devta, was standing before Sri Satguru Ji
with his hands tied. The Britons were dancing in the rain. Patshah Ji
was addressed as `Rain God' and `Rain Maker' by them. On every
television channel and every newspaper was seen the headline that the
Guru of Namdharis, Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji, Who traveled from
India was responsible for the rain. Where ever the Britons see
Namdharis walking by, they'd say "They are the ones who brought rain."
Great indeed is Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji Maharaj. It rained so much
that there was no ending! For over twenty days the rain poured down.
Gareeb Nivaaj Ji was approached the second time because it had rained
so much in England that flooding had started to become a problem.
From there, Patshah Ji went to Africa. Some journalists there
approached Him and asked "We have heard that You had brought rain to
"Mein Kaun Ha Meeh Puaun Vala?" ["Who Am I To Make Rain Fall?"] Came
as a reply from Patshah Ji in such a humble way. There was absolutely
no sign of pride in His Words. Even after showering such great
blessings, He did not want to make Himself known. It is indeed the way
of Akal Purakh how Satguru Ji answered (the people's) prayers and with
His Will the rain also stopped. Inder Devta, Agni Devta, Paun Devta,
all are at His commands.
Dhan Dhan Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji Maharaj!
This extract was taken from the book "Alaukik Kautak" (October
2003 Issue) published by S. Harishchandra Arora.