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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Plough Publishing House (September 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874869986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874869989
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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. (Robert Elsberg, author, All Saints)

This fascinating collection of Sadhu Sundar Singh’s 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. (Library Journal)

Sadhu Sundar Singh’s dramatic encounter with the living Christ, his refusal to clothe his faith with western trappings, and his absolute devotion to the way of Jesus make for compelling reading. I highly recommend this book. (Richard J. Foster, author, Celebration of Discipline)

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They are very interesting to read.
Shannon Marklowitz
The Wisdom of the Sadhu complies the teachings of Sadhu Sundar Singh, the most famous convert to Christianity in early twentieth century India.
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This book is a collection of anecdotes, sayings, parables and meditations - which culminates in the best of Sundar Singh's teachings.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Wesley L. Janssen VINE VOICE on July 24, 2002
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"If you want to see the world of the spirit, you must look with spiritual eyes ... you can only apply the wisdom that arises from love and reverence. In a certain sense, all of space and time is spiritual. God's presence pervades everything. Thus all people live in the spiritual world ... we either turn joyfully toward the light, or rebelliously toward the darkness." -- Sadhu Sundar Singh
As an angry young Sikh distraught over his mother's death, Sundar Singh was preparing to take his own life when he experienced a visionary encounter, not with Krishna, but with Christ. He became a Sadhu, a wandering mystic, not pursuing a hermit-like existence, but traversing the jungles and high mountain passes to appear in remote villages and lend assistance and care to the poor and disease stricken, and to counsel spiritual seekers. In the early twentieth century, Singh led the life of a first century apostle. Western Christians will find Sundar Singh's parables and dialogues wonderfully lacking in western conventions. He eloquently describes the intellectual futility of trying to wage logical arguments against God's existence, his allegorical explanation of the Trinity is better than most, his teaching that there is but One source of peace, love, and understanding is the bedrock of Christianity (and all monotheism).
In Sadhu Sundar Singh we find a true Christian mystic, a student, a servant, a holy man. His ministry and teachings became known to millions, he was admired by hundreds of thousands, and loved by tens of thousands whose lives he touched. His life and teachings also caused certain interests to despise him and attempts were made on his life. He disappeared, alone in the high Himalayas, in 1929.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Mcdaniel on May 8, 2005
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I was first introduced to the character of Sadhu Sundar Singh through the writings of Charles F. Andrews, Anglican missionary and friend of Ghandi. Singh was a contemporary of both Andrews and Ghandi.

The life and writings of Singh have a depth that is rare today. No modern person has influenced my thought and direction in life more than Singh. He caused me to think about what it really means to be a Christian.

I strongly recommend reading this book and any others you can find about him. A more complete book (664 pages) is "The Christian Witness of Sadhu Sundar Singh; A Collection of His Writings," published by The Christian Literature Society in India.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Parsons on July 2, 2001
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Sundar Singh, a Sikh convert to the Christian faith, offers occidental readers a unique perspective of what it means to follow Jesus Christ as the Master or Guru of one's life.
This anthology contains anecdotes, sermonettes, aphorisms, and interviews with Sundar Singh which, if read with opennesss and sincerity, should move you to reflect on the ways you are approaching the person of Jesus of Nazareth in your own spiritual life.
Sundar Singh's teaching is filled with both the passion of christian committment and the insights of ancient
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 7, 2005
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Many of today's Christian writings are excellent and should not be ignored. However, most of them tend to run along side predictable fads. Someone will write a book and half a dozen others will write about a similar theme. As a result modern Christians are caught in the current of a rapidly moving stream of thought.

The historic classics, such as the teachings of Sadhu Sundar Singh will take you outside of today's box and in the process deepen your spiritual life. You may find yourself intellectually alone when you begin this book (most small groups will want something newer), but in the end you will be glad you stepped out of the beaten path.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven James on August 5, 2006
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This book was my first introduction to Sundar Singh, and I was startled and moved by his simple spiritual observations, parables, insights, and mystic teachings. Here is a man who has had an authentic and real experience with Jesus and wants only to share it with the world.

I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in living a spiritual but not necessarily a religious life. Seekers, questioners, pilgrims, dreamers, and saints will all grow a deeper faith in the presence of Sundar Singh's observations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JFritzyB on January 25, 2006
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This book is fabulous!

In it, Brother Sadhu explores different aspects of life through Christ's eyes and when we understand what is said, we want to be just like Jesus.

For the soul-searcher!

-J
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Hoefer on February 9, 2014
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Sadhu Sundar Singh: Hero or Paradigm?

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Wisdom of the Sadhu:Teachings of Sundar Singh, Kim Comer, Ed. (Plough Publishing, Sussex, England; OM Books, Secundarabad, India, 2000), pp. 208

The Riddle of Sadhu Sundar Singh, Eric J. Sharpe (yet to be published)

In reading these two books, I was reminded of the debate over the historical Jesus during the very days of Sadhu Sundar Singh’s life. The reaction of intellectual Hindus was: “To us it makes no difference if Jesus ever lived or not. His teachings are what matter, what reach out to all time and place.”

The Sharpe book does an excellent job of recounting the debate over the authenticity of SSS’s life: his exploits and encounters in the Himalayas, his mysticism, his visions (especially his encounters with Emanuel Swedenborg as an “angel”). The book also explores the ecclesiastical/theological context of the West at the time and how SSS was used as a foil in those politics and debates. That history helps us reflect on how we in the West still use (and how Christians of the East might enjoy being used/featured/adulated!) overseas converts to buttress our faith, our contributions, and our ecclesiastical politics.

The book edited by Comer ignores that debate. Comer concludes the book lifting up SSS as a great Christian hero whose “significance (lies) in the devotion and selflessness with which he spread the Gospel, and in the sincerity with which he lived what he preached.” (pp. 197-98) The critics cited by Sharpe would cynically snarl that we want such heroes to make us feel better and stronger. We don’t want to consider the facts that may destroy our cherished image.

Sharpe also struggles to preserve some semblance of authenticity in SSS’s image.
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