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Wisdom Of The Sadhu: Teachings Of Sundar Singh

by Sundar Singh, Ed. By Kim Comer

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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.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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.

Book Description
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 India’s 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 Singh’s 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 speaker’s 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.

About the Author
Sundar Singh was born on September 3, 1889, in Rampur, a village in the Punjab, and educated at the Presbyterian missionary school nearby. It was there that he burned his Bible on December 16, 1904. He experienced a conversion the following year (after which his family threw him out of the house and disinherited him) and was baptized at St. Thomas Church, Simla, on September 3, 1905. Thirty-three days after that he took on the ascetic lifestyle of a sadhu. His real significance does not lie in place-names and dates, however, but rather in the devotion and selflessness with which he spread the Gospel, and in the sincerity with which he lived what he preached. As German scholar Friedrich Heiler once put it, “He is India’s ideal of the disciple of Christ – a barefooted itinerant preacher with burning love in his heart. In him Christianity and Hinduism meet, and the Christian faith stands forth, not as something foreign, but like a flower which blossoms on an Indian stem.”


Sunder Singh always pointed people to the Way and never pointed to himself.Showing Christ is not only Whit Man's Guru, but universal Guru.The Universal Guru, is the Way. The only Way.


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