Wisdom of the Sadhu (Paperback)

Teachings of Sundar Singh

By Sundar Singh, Kim Comer (Compiled by)

Plough Publishing House, 9780874869989, 208pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2014

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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 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.

Praise For Wisdom of the Sadhu: Teachings of Sundar Singh

Robert Ellsberg, author, All Saints

Sadhu Sundar Singh is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic spiritual guides of the twentieth century. Rooted as it is in a distinctively Indian style, his Christian wisdom challenges Western readers to step beyond theological ideas and taste the Gospel itself. Plough has done a great service by publishing the work of this wise and holy teacher.

Friedrich Heiler

In Sadhu Sundar Singh, Christianity and Hinduism meet, and the former stands like a flower that blossoms on an Indian stem.

Jetti A. Oliver, National Council of Churches, India

Penetrating, relevant, and easy to read. This is an inspiring collection.