A modern Saint Francis, Sundar Singh (1889–1929) left the wealth of his home at sixteen to live as a sadhu, or wandering holy man. His beggar-like existence, his intense devotion, his mystical 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 his visits to Europe, the Far East, and the United States – remained unaffected.
Known in his lifetime as India’s most famous convert to Christianity, Sundar Singh would not approve of that characterization. He loved Jesus and devoted his life to knowing and following him, but he never accepted Christianity’s cultural conventions, even as he embraced its stark original teachings.
Wisdom of the Sadhu, a collection of anecdotes, sayings, parables, and meditations, brings together the best of Sundar Singh’s teachings. Couched as they are in a distinctly Indian idiom, they probe the essence of the Gospels with unusual freshness and offer insights of great depth and value to every serious seeker.
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About the Author
One of the first Indian Christian teachers to receive worldwide attention in modern times, Sundar Singh (1889-1929) wandered throughout Tibet and the Indian subcontinent as a sadhu, a penniless pilgrim wearing the traditional saffron robe. His simple explanations of spiritual truths severed the link between Christian faith and western culture, bringing to life the teachings of Jesus for millions of Indians.
Table of Contents
Contents to the reader
i. scenes the hungry birds dharma • devotion five holy men maya • illusion the saint santi • peace the scholar jnana • knowledge
ii. conversations the pilgrim darshana • the divine presence avatara • incarnation the lovers karma • bondage moksa • release the prince and the thief dyva vileenam • oneness with god dhyanam • contemplation three seekers seva • service tapas • suffering the king and the farmer amrita • eternity a warning to the west seeker and master
background and context sources
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a copy of WISDOM OF SADHU: TEACHINGS OF SUNDAR SINGH from Plough. The book is compiled and edited by Kim Comer. What a fascinating read. I hadn’t known about Sundar Singh before, but after reading this, I know I will need to seek out more reference information. The book does an excellent job of explaining how Sundar Singh thought, as well as many of his actions. I especially enjoyed how it looked at Christianity without being overly preachy. The book is written with grace, understanding, and knowledge, and that equals power, in the sense of drawing people closer to Christ in a smooth transition. I also found the referenced to culture in India enlightening. I greatly learning about other cultures, and having Christianity as an undertone made it even better. I highly recommend this book.
A series of 'conversations' between the seeker and the Sadhu ( Indian Holy Man ) who is a Christian. A must for any Christian to read. Singh has insights seldom seen in Western Literature.