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Wisdom of the Sadhu: Teachings of Sundar Singh

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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 Europ ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by Plough Publishing House (first published September 1st 2000)
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Mar 02, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nov 05, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 03, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. Encountering a faithful Christian Indian Sadhu and his perspective will probably be uncomfortable for westerners because the Sadhu doesn't fit into our categories or labels and is more loose with systems than we'd care to allow. People had and will continue to heave accusations of syncretism at the Sadhu and he very well may tiptoe up to the line and even hedge over.However, there is room for distinctive Indian perspective on Christianity. And this work can be a refre ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
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 forevermore. Before his death in 1929, Sundar Singh became India's most renowned Christ follower, and remains a national icon today.

Oct 29, 2014 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Christian Wisdom From an Indian Mystic

Sundar Singh as a young man was a devout Sikh. He read and memorized the holy books and sought out Sikh priests and hermits, always searching for wisdom. After his mother died, none of it felt satisfactory and he became distraught. Then he had a vision of Christ. It changed his life. His father unable to accept Sundar's embrace of Christianity, instead of the family's Sikh religion, threw him out. After attempting unsuccessfully to conform to the Christian c
Linda Walters
Oct 21, 2014 Linda Walters rated it liked it
Some of the very first impressions that I got as I began to read this book was that this man became spiritually hungry at a very young age. Both his mother and father loved and nutured him well. His mother taught him much when it came to spiritual discipllines; rituals. When it came to his spiritual hunger as he began to observe well respected holy men, strive to work to find God, he found their actions were wasted and they remained unenighltened. He wasn't satisfied and continued in his quest. ...more
May 11, 2011 Jessie rated it it was amazing
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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.
Denise DiFalco
Mar 26, 2016 Denise DiFalco rated it liked it
Sundar Singh was to become a very prominent spiritual teacher and The Wisdom of The Sadhu is a compilation of his thoughts, parables and experiences. Born and raised in India as a Hindu, he discovers the teachings of Christ that will forever change him. Sundar lives much like a vagabond, needing only his strong faith to lead and guide him. Each breathe he takes is to spread his new belief and to encourage others about the Love of God. Kim Corner does a superb job in editing and organizing Singh' ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Wesley marked it as to-read
Prayer is an effort to lay hold of God Himself, the Author of life, and when we have found Him who is the source of life and have entered into communion with Him, then the whole of life is ours and with Him all that will make life is perfect.

The essence of prayer does not consist in asking for things, but in opening one’s heart to God. Prayer is continual abandonment to God. It is the desire for God himself, the giver of life. Prayer is communion with God, receiving him who is the giver of all g
Ron Krumpos
Jul 16, 2014 Ron Krumpos rated it liked it
"Wisdom of the Sadhu: Teachings of Sundar Singh" is one of the books in the secondary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism. "The greatest achievement in life" at has been reviewed on Goodreads.
Joshua Lawson
Oct 27, 2014 Joshua Lawson rated it really liked it
This is a powerful account of the life and teachings of a man whom most western Christians know nothing about. Sundar Singh represented Christ without Christianity; anyone who is seeking spiritual reality will do well to sit at his feet.
Jul 30, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
I think this book is phenomenal in its simple truths and difficult concepts that are often buried in parables. I have been blessed by Sundar Singh, and so very pleased to see my understanding of faith mirrored so many times in the wisdom that he shared. If only more people could understand the principles that are, ironically, taught by Jesus but most often ignored in Christianity.
Dec 22, 2014 Justine rated it it was amazing
i read the whole thing (devoured more like) in less than 24 hrs. something about the sadhu's profound wisdom and simple parables completely captivated my imagination. it has convicted me and deepened my faith to see how this former Indian Sikh obeyed the call of Jesus and shined His light wherever he went. this instantly became one of my favorite books.
Jan 01, 2013 Sreevidhya rated it really liked it
I just Loved that book.....
so sweet.... filled with morality... & heart-touching stories//
and presented to me by a good friend "Victor Hugo".....
..that was a nice gift for me on the New Year...
..My Heartfelt thanx 2 u.... Victor..

I was not popular with such books,...
....and this was a very good experience 4 me....
Jonathan Render
Jul 07, 2010 Jonathan Render rated it it was amazing
great book really gave me insight into life and a stronger view about christianity and how the culture of india.
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