37. Sakhi Rain, Ardas and Faith

Faith and devotion are pleasing to my God's Mind; He saves the honor of His humble servants. ||1|| Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Pannaa 982

Once there was no rain in a particular area for an extended period. The people of that area decided to do Ardas so that their crops are saved. The people gathered together at one place for Ardas. One passing by Sikh Saint stopped there and asked them the purpose of gathering. One of them told the Sikh Saint that that they had gathered here to do Ardas because the crops will be destroyed in the absence of rain. The Saint said that is good but none of you brought any umbrellas or barsatie (rain coats). When Waheguru accepted your Ardas then there will be lot of rain. One group leader laughingly said, but we do not know whether it will rain or not. The Saint said,

"How will your Ardas be accepted when you do not have faith in Waheguru" .

He told them to go home .

You alone are my strength, and my Court, O my Lord and Master; unto You alone I pray. There is no other place where I can offer my prayers; I can tell my pains and pleasures only to You. ||2 || Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang. 735