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Wisdom Of The Sadhu: Teachings Of Sundar Singh
by Sundar Singh, Ed. By Kim Comer
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From Library Journal
Little known today, Singh was perhaps the best-known Indian mystic of the first half of the 20th century, and a curious phenomenon at that. Well versed in Hindu, Islamic, and Sikh writings, Singh lived as a wandering holy man in the established Hindu manner but found his way to a kind of Christianity based in his own mystical experience of Jesus. This fascinating collection of his conversations and parables reveals a startlingly non-Western but deeply authentic Christianity. This volume should be of the keenest interest to spiritual seekers, Christian and non-Christian alike. Highly recommended.
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Richard J. Foster, author, Celebration of Discipline
Singh's dramatic encounter with Christ, his refusal to clothe his faith in western trappings, and his absolute devotion to Jesus...
Robert Ellsberg, author, All Saints
In a distinctly Indian style, his wisdom challenges Western readers to taste the Gospel.
Jetti A. Oliver, National Council of Churches, India
Penetrating, relevant, and easy to read. This is an inspiring collection.
Mourned by millions at his death, Sundar Singh (1889-1929) awaits rediscovery at the dawn of the 21st century. Though known
in his lifetime as Indias most famous convert to Christianity, that reputation is too simplistic. For Sundar Singh taught with a power
seldom matched before or since the life-changing starkness of the living Christ and his original teachings. If anything, he was a
thorn in the flesh of institutional religion - an uncompromising critic of convention, and a scandal to the comfortable.
Leaving the wealth of his Sikh home at sixteen to live as a sadhu, or wandering holy man, Sundar Singhs beggar-like existence,
his intense bhakti (devotion), his encounters with Jesus, and his simple yet profound parables became the stuff of legends. No one
who met him - including the thousands who flocked to hear him during two visits to Europe - came away unaffected.
Sundar Singh shied from recording his wisdom in the form of essays or sermons, and he avoided the speakers podium. But he
did leave six slim books. And now, with Wisdom of the Sadhu - a collection of anecdotes, sayings, parables, and meditations
from those and other obscure sources - his spirit has been captured and brought alive for a new generation.
Couched as it is in a distinctly Indian idiom, Wisdom of the Sadhu may stretch the boundaries of your inner life - despite its
unmistakable affirmation of the Christ-centered life. Yet in probing the essence of the Gospels with unusual freshness and a
welcome fervor, the challenges it offers are ones no serious seeker can afford to avoid. In simple, readable prose, this volume
gives a tantalizing glimpse into the meditations and experiences of a man of God. His teachings have been compiled and expressed
in a language easily accessible to the modern reader. Interweaving biographical and metaphysical, mystical and historical, the true
spirit of Jesus gospel is here brought to expression in the life and words of Sadhu Sundar Singh.
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