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Wisdom of the Sadhu: Teachings of Sundar Singh A Modern Saint Francis, Sundar Singh 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 UnaffectedKnown 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


10 thoughts on “Wisdom of the Sadhu: Teachings of Sundar Singh

  1. says:

    I actually have a difficult time reviewing this book It was amazing But how to explain that Sundar Singh was a humble man who constantly worked to refocus people s attention to the Master, Jesu He wouldn t have wanted a lot of accolades So I ll suffice it to say that it was wonderful to read work that was so passionately devout and yet not stodgily white American Christian Christianity without the culture that is too often associated with it, in this era of history Because of his Indian c I actually have a difficult time reviewing this book It was amazing But how to explain that Sundar Singh was a humble man who constantly worked to refocus people s attention to the Master, Jesu He wouldn t have wanted a lot of accolades So I ll suffice it to say that it was wonderful to read work that was so passionately devout and yet not stodgily white American Christian Christianity without the culture that is too often associated with it, in this era of history Because of his Indian culture and his Sikh upbringing, Singh brings a totally different perspective to the Gospel, and it s a necessary and refreshing one Sometimes when you remove cultural trappings, truths become fresher and harder to ignore And that s what Singh s work did for me The format and teaching style were different from what I m accustomed to, and sometimes that distracted me teacher student dialogue format, heavy reliance on stories and proverbs and examples in nature, etc Singh s knowledge of science was pretty impressive, though, IMO But mostly I just sat there, wanting to highlight and bookmark sentence after sentence on page after page If you want to have your faith or lack thereof challenged in all the best ways, read this book Skip it if you d really rather stay comfortable, if you must It will be completely worth your time, as it was with mine Read it a small section at a time, savoring the words and letting the truths soak into your soul, and walk away changed and challenged


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    While this is a very humorous gif about my experience reading this book, it was deeply impacting for seeing things a little differently I love the fact that Singh contextualized the gospel for others, taking out the colonization aspects of what Britain brought to India with Christianity for it is not the white man s religion He really makes you think well from not merely his perspective of what God has taught him, but he has also shown some Christians what seekers may want to know I hope to While this is a very humorous gif about my experience reading this book, it was deeply impacting for seeing things a little differently I love the fact that Singh contextualized the gospel for others, taking out the colonization aspects of what Britain brought to India with Christianity for it is not the white man s religion He really makes you think well from not merely his perspective of what God has taught him, but he has also shown some Christians what seekers may want to know I hope to maybe reread this sometime with a purchase of this book someday


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    I review a lot of new books on this blog I have discovered a lot of new authors with poignant insights into the Christian faith I have been challenged and stretched by many of them., but I seldom have the privilege of dipping back into an old favorite The Wisdom of the Sadhu complies the teachings of Sadhu Sundar Singh, the most famous convert to Christianity in early twentieth century India.Singh converted to Christianity in his early teens after the death of his mother and an evening of de I review a lot of new books on this blog I have discovered a lot of new authors with poignant insights into the Christian faith I have been challenged and stretched by many of them., but I seldom have the privilege of dipping back into an old favorite The Wisdom of the Sadhu complies the teachings of Sadhu Sundar Singh, the most famous convert to Christianity in early twentieth century India.Singh converted to Christianity in his early teens after the death of his mother and an evening of desperate prayers At the age of sixteen he left the comforts of home to live a life of a Sadhu an Indian religious ascetic that renounces the comforts of this life He was a believer in Christ and a committed Christian however, he rejected the cultural accruments of Christianity in a Western guise as it was often presented by missionaries to the Indian people like in the Presbyterian school of his youth He was a mystic who lived a life committed to Jesus, albeit with an Indian flair.Wisdom of the Sadhu compiles the teachings of this Jesus follower In part one, scenes, we hear Singh s own story In part two, conversations, we hear his answers to spiritual questions from seekers In both sections, we read stories and parables that make vivid Singh s and our spiritual quest.The Q A format of Singh s conversations may strike Western, tin ears as a sort of catechesis And it is, but these stories and conversations are also Christianity in an Indian idiom Even Singh s favorite title for Jesus Master mimics his native Sikhism This is gospel contextualization at its best.Singh lived a lifedisciplined and simple than most of us have the courage to lead The back cover of this book compares him to Saint Francis and this is an apt description He left the comforts and status of his family to follow Christ Because of this, he is a prophetic witness of what it means to follow Jesus This book is chock full of insights on the spiritual life and the human condition.I read this book for the first time about eleven years ago At the time I was seeking ways to press into my faith in profound and risky ways Singh was a prophetic voice for me and called me to deepen my commitment to Christ, simplicity and prayer More than a decade hence, I find these words no less beautiful, poignant and challenging I give this book five stars


  4. says:

    This man and his teachings are AMAZING Deeply spiritual, Sundar Singh lived his life as a wandering Sadhu for Christ in India The simplicity is stunning here and his analogies bring God s truth to life Powerful A must read for anyone seeking to really know God.


  5. says:

    This is a tantalising introduction to Sundar Singh who was a much respected Christian teacher in India He became a Christian from a Sikh background after an visionary encounter with God The book is a compendium from Singh s writing, collected by themes For the most part he teaches simple devotional ideas, richly illustrated by Indian analogies or anecdotes There are a number of chapter length parables too Towards the back of the book is a searing indictment of the Western Church The West This is a tantalising introduction to Sundar Singh who was a much respected Christian teacher in India He became a Christian from a Sikh background after an visionary encounter with God The book is a compendium from Singh s writing, collected by themes For the most part he teaches simple devotional ideas, richly illustrated by Indian analogies or anecdotes There are a number of chapter length parables too Towards the back of the book is a searing indictment of the Western Church The West is like Judas Iscariot, who ate with Yesu Jesus , only later to deny him


  6. says:

    Unknown to many, I personally discovered this book a few years ago and keep reading it over and over and always find many wonderful teachings and wondering why has not been discovered bysearching souls


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    Born into a wealthy Sikh family and drawn to religious studies from an early age, Sundar Singh angrily rejected Western Christian missions into colonial India He insulted missionaries, burned Bibles, and made his objections known But as Hindu and Sikh beliefs left him feeling bereft, he contemplated suicide Then a road to Damascus moment altered his path forever Before his death in 1929, Sundar Singh became India s most renowned Christ follower, and remains a national icon today.Compiler Born into a wealthy Sikh family and drawn to religious studies from an early age, Sundar Singh angrily rejected Western Christian missions into colonial India He insulted missionaries, burned Bibles, and made his objections known But as Hindu and Sikh beliefs left him feeling bereft, he contemplated suicide Then a road to Damascus moment altered his path forever Before his death in 1929, Sundar Singh became India s most renowned Christ follower, and remains a national icon today.Compiler Kim Comer selects representative samples from Sundar s writings, numerous speeches, and moments recorded by his many followers Like Rabbi Hillel or Saint Francis, Sundar Singh attracted enthusiastic followers and initiated a school of thought that survived his mortal life He accomplished this, not by trumpeting himself, but by righteous teachings, unclouded thought, and too rare among Christian leaders any matching his actions to his words Before long, his reputation transcended borders, religions, and cultures.European Christian brethren trained Sundar for their idea of Christian missions but despite his eager Gospel studies, he couldn t embrace Christianity s accrued cultural baggage I can sympathize Intensely attuned to his people, Sundar wanted only to become a Sadhu, an itinerant Indian holy man Leaving the European school, he undertook a lifetime of humble wandering, Socratic questioning, and mindful prayer He never sought renown, only clarity, but perhaps that s why spreading renown soon found him.Comer assembles Sundar s words along a straightforward path intended to draw new readers into the Sadhu s thinking In Part One, Scenes, Comer pairs Sundar s parables with autobiographical sketches, allowing the parables to illuminate important spiritual principles from the factual report Part Two, Conversations, pairs these parables with what Westerners might call sermons, brief discursions on important transcendent concepts Because Sundar uses Hindu terms like karma and dhyanam, jaded Western audiences can read with unhindered minds.By parables, I mean exactly what you think Like Christ or Buddha, Sundar uses brief, allegorical stories to convey ideas too vast to speak as mere dictionary definitions Narratives of a bereaved bridegroom or a fledgeling hawk touch first the heart, moving afterward to the head, where simply telling us something would prematurely strangle it in analysis Sundar s homiletic approach encourages audiences to apprehend his truth quickly, seeking factual confirmation and theological scrutiny only afterward.Had Sundar not embraced Christ, he could ve inherited vast fortunes then as now, India s Sikhs are generally wealthier than average But like St Jerome or John the Baptizer, Sundar abandoned easy urban comfort, preferring the company of society s dispossessed If anyone donated money, he shared generously with all around He slept in borrowed beds and ate donated food And though his teachings eventually brought lucrative European and American tours, he owned little besides his clothing.Despite comparisons to Francis or Jerome, Sundar has transformative potential for Western Christianity because he abjures comfortable cultural touchpoints The liturgical language Westerners often find boring, and must consciously strive to keep vital and new, doesn t enter Sundar s storytelling His references come from Indian peasant life, Hindu practice, and the poor among whom Sundar lived He strips away Christians learned pretenses, permitting us no cozy hiding hole That which we consider dull, Sundar renders alien.Stephen Mansfield writes that many spiritual hucksters have sold Westerners a sanitized Hinduism to solve Christianity s recent failures Hinduism provides the spiritual counter narrative spiritual seekers want, and Christianity hasn t much provided But in doing so, these purveyors have scrubbed anything Westerners might find offensive, offering a spiritual elixir that makes people feel good without challenging them to do good This creates an environment of spiritual self sanctification, where we can believe everything while striving after nothing.Not so with Sundar Singh He s bracing, difficult, even slightly dangerous Like Christ or the Hebrew prophets, Sundar s message reminds us that we, as we exist, have accomplished tragically little Salvation isn t a matter of belief, but new life As a resolute non Westerner, Sundar s messages, pierce the protective cultural barriers Christians build themselves, demanding we separate what s truly Gospel from mere cultural baggage That isn t easy But stagnating Western Christianity definitely needs an outsider s rebuke.Like Dietrich Bonhoeffer or John Calvin, Sundar Singh doesn t write and Kim Comer doesn t compile to convert unbelievers Sundar rather calls believers to live actively what they speak verbally, and offers wanderers a spiritual home Therefore this book appeals primarily to current Christians and the spiritually homeless It illuminates Christ like thought by erasing false cultural camouflage Seeing faith through Sundar s eyes, it appears as dangerous today as that upstart Christ must ve seemed two millennia ago


  8. says:

    I highly recommend this book This is gospel contextualization at its best Singh s parables are wonderful, full of poetic expressions of love Sadhu Sundar Singh is an absolute gem Can t wait to readof his work I think if he read that last line, he d think, Don t seek to readof my work first follow this Yesu I m following That is what you truly need.


  9. says:

    Sundar Singh had a vision of a truly Indian Christianity This book is an interesting introduction to his thought I do wish thattime was spent on his mystical experiences, which he is well known for.


  10. says:

    A useful and inspiring anthology of a great Christian mystic.