Once when our Padayatra, a festival in which devotees walk from village to village, was passing, a devotee was preaching to the villagers:Come on, you’re not chanting the names of the Lord loudly. You should loudly chant!

One lady responded: How could we chant? There’s no water! God has not sent any water! We can’t…how can we chant?

She was speaking out of despair. We proceeded with the kirtan or congregational chanting of the Holy Names of God. That day it finally rained because we had done a little sacrifice. Clouds gathered in the sky and showered drops of water. The Lord gives assurance that if one chants, He will send water. When there are droughts, some villages organize a 24 hour kirtan. Family after family comes and chants on a rotational basis: Sri Rama, Jaya Rama, Jaya Jaya Rama, Sri Rama, Jaya Rama, Jaya Jaya Rama.They pray to the Almighty Lord, the Lord in charge of all things, for rain.

Extracted from “God made this Land (Upcoming Book of Guru Maharaja)”