Friday, 2 November 2012

Gurudwara at Southall London

In London, George Korab De Moers,  who was ever intent on telling people
 about Shri Nathji, went to the Sikh Gurudwara  in South Hall, London, one day, and informed  the Sikhs there that Shri Nathji was in London.
A learned Saint, a holy man amongst  them, stood up with reverence at the mention of Shri Nathji's name. "Bhola Nathji! Is he in London? We have great respect for him! Many regard him as an avatar! Please request him to speak to us!"
A few days later, Shri Nathji was see speaking at the Sikh Gurudwara to a large congregation, which included doctors, lawyers and professors amongst others. Th sermon was so inspiring and Shri Nathji's divine radiance so powerful that day that many amongst the Sikhs wept with  emotion.
After he had finished, the President of the Gurudwara got up and said: "It was a heart-rending lecture! We have been blessed by your presence here, today!"
"It was a heart-rending lecture! We have been blessed by your presence here, today!" When Shri Nathji came out of the Gurudwara he discovered that his shoes were missing. They had been taken by someone by mistake. The shoes had been purchased for Shri Nathji by Priya Nath in America, at the Harvard Coop, and
 were very expensive. The Sikhs very generously sought to pay for them, but Shri Nathji would not hear of it, and returned home barefooted.
George Korab De Moers had such a great affection for Shri Nathji that he  brought an extra pair of his shoes for Shri Nathji that very evening. Both, Shri Nathji and Mateshwari were greatly touched by the gesture, though they did not accept his shoes, as the man was in need of them himself.
Shri Nathji had gone to the Gurudwara which is known as Gurudwara Singh Sabha. Singh Sabha Southall was established in the same Singh Sabha tradition, but much later in England by Sikhs who had emigrated in the fifties and early sixties. By the 1950's, a significant number of Sikhs were living in Britain, and the main congregational gathering was at Shepherd's Bush Gurdwara. To accommodate the Southall Sikhs, the Southall Sikh Cultural Society was established in 1960.
This organisation held Sunday programes at Shackleton Hall until it moved to 11 Beaconsfield Road. The emigration of Malaysian and Singaporean Sikhs led to the formation of another group - Sri Guru Nanak Singh Sabha. The two groups remained independent until 1964 when they merged as Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall. 1964 also saw the first Gurdwara. It was situated at the Green, and was the headquarters of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha. The Havelock Road site was purchased in 1967. As a result of the relentless sewa by the sangat, the dairy was transformed into the Gurdwara in a matter of weeks. The Khanda was brought in April 1967 to England from the Tosha Khana at Darbar Sahib Amritsar for Amrit Sanchar. From those humble beginnings Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall emerged as the leading Gurdwara outside India.
Gurudwara Singh Sabha is founded under the Singh Sabha Movement. The Singh Sabha Movement was a revivalist Sikh Organisation in the late nineteenth century challenging the serious decline in the Sikh practices the true Sikh tradition as laid by the Gurus

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