Book Review: Sadhu Sundar Singh, by Cyril J. Davey

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This book review is about the life of an extraordinary man. Sadhu Sundar Singh put on his yellow robe of humility as a sign of his self-giving of his life to Jesus.

He wore this colour for the rest of his short life. "It is easy to die for Christ", he said once, "but it is living for him that is more difficult."

Conversion to another faith

The person who this book was written about was once known world-over as India's most famous convert to Christianity.

Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889–1929) loved Jesus, and his teachings, but he did not like Christianity's doctrinal diatribes about the man. He was much closer to the original teachings of Jesus than to the cultural added-on build-ups since then.

Sadhu Singh became a wandering holy man who of course fitted in well in his community of such figures.

He was a man who knew Jesus within his heart, and he had a mystical connection to him.

Sundar Singh was a missionary for Christianity.

As early as sixteen years of age, he was baptised into the Christian faith. He had been raised as a Sikh.

Wherever he went he preached the good news of the gospel. He even went to America to talk and to share his own slant on Jesus's teachings with anyone there who wanted to listen to him.

"He who searches for Divine Reality with all his heart and soul and finds it, becomes aware that, before he began to seek God, God was seeking him, in order to draw him into the joy of fellowship with Him, into the peace of His Presence."

This is a quote from Sundar which was very true too of his own life too.

"It is not enough to just bathe in the waters of faith, it must infiltrate inwardly to your heart."

So he told his American audience, offending some of them with his frankness, especially as it was coming from the mouth of someone barely thirty years old at the time.

A little bit about the book itself

The book being reviewed was first published by STL books in 1980. It was originally written by the author though, way back in 1950. This small paperback is only 158 pages long, but it speaks volumes within these few pages.

The anecdotes and tales about this man's life beggar belief at times.

They are incredible to read and to take in.

The man was so full of faith that nothing could ever faze him or cause him to lose hold of it. He had a special relationship with animals, for example. They would come up to him unafraid of him, and he would gently stroke them on the head. This happened with wild animals as well.

Sundar's trust in God was a complete one. He trusted God to supply him with all of his needs, whatever they were at the time, food, shelter, protection, and guidance.

“A Christian,” Sundar often said, “is a person who has fallen in love with Christ.”

He certainly had done so!!

Where did his great love, faith and trust for God come from?

Where did his power to show this to others come from too? How did he live as he lived? Why did he die so young? How did he die?

During a soul-connect session with Sadhu Sundar Singh's soul, he answered these questions for me like this:

“Love never dies, but I left the physical world to raise myself to the higher plains of existence within God's kingdom as I had finished my work here. Short and sweet though it was, my time was spent as allotted to me here.”

“I was needed elsewhere, so died young.”

“My great faith came simply from my great love. Great love comes from great purpose, and my purpose was to bring Jesus to my people in a way that they could better understand it from their own backgrounds of learnings”

The book was written by the evangelical biographer Cyril Davey, who does a great job here in writing about this extraordinary man!

He walked a different walk!

This sadhu was different to all the rest. He didn't walk off into the hills to become a recluse or a hermit. He walked off on his own because of the “call of the road,” as he put it.

Here is a quote that explains his way of living, taken from page 50 of this book.

“I am not worthy to follow in the footsteps of my Lord, but like him I want no home, no possessions. Like him, I will belong to the road, sharing the suffering of my people, eating with those who will give me shelter, and telling all men of the love of God.”

He walked barefoot through the mountains, becoming known as the “Apostle of the bleeding feet”.

Many times Sundar crossed the dangerously hostile Himalayan mountains between India and Tibet, sharing the gospel with Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and of course with the Tibetans themselves.

Sundar was affected greatly by the death of his mother when he was merely fourteen years old.

This made him very angry at God. Why had he taken her away from him?

Soon after this Sundar got out of his bed during the night and started earnestly praying for some type of a revelation form God himself to him that would perhaps explain why this had happened.

For several hours Sundar Singh continuously prayed this prayer, over and over again.

"O God, if there is a God, reveal thyself to me tonight."

After much praying, and when he was already exhausted by his efforts, the room he was in then filled with a bright glow.

A man then appeared from the midst of the light.

Sundar Singh heard the man's voice speaking directly to him,

"How long will you deny me? I died for you; I have given my life for you."

Sundar became convinced in his heart that Jesus Christ was the true Saviour. He was actively alive still in the World.

Sundar fell down on his knees before Jesus.

He felt a deep mystical sense of peace. He had never felt this before. This serenity, and knowingness of Jesus as a real person never left him again. Never was he to doubt his saviour Jesus, ever more again.

"Should I worship Him from fear of hell, may I be cast into it. Should I serve Him from desire of gaining heaven, may He keep me out. But should I worship Him from love alone, He reveals Himself to me, that my whole heart may be filled with His love and presence."

This great quote sums up pretty well his life. Sundar Singh lived his life from only love. His heart was indeed full of God's love.

Photo credits:

The photo of the cover of the book belongs to me the author of this review. The other two photos are taken from the free media site, Wikimedia Commons.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
20th Oct 2015 (#)

This is an amazing page spirited .
God bless you for sharing it here with us .
Many blessings now and always
Stella ><

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author avatar spirited
20th Oct 2015 (#)

thanks Stella,

I am glad you enjoyed the article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Oct 2015 (#)

Very interesting Spirited, thanks for this share.

Have not heard of this great soul till now - many are the paths towards enlightenment - siva

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author avatar spirited
20th Oct 2015 (#)

thanks siva.

With love in our heart just about any path will take us eventually to enlightenment I believe.

Every path can teach us something good.

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Oct 2015 (#)

Frankly, I had never heard of this man. Thank you for educating us about him

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author avatar spirited
20th Oct 2015 (#)

I actually come across him fifty years ago or more.

He was actually quoted on one of my Dad's religious tracts about Christianity!!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
20th Oct 2015 (#)

Interesting post Spirited, there's a lot of good books out there. Theres one called reaching Allah through Jesus! Have you heard of that book!

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author avatar spirited
20th Oct 2015 (#)

No Fern, I do not know that one.

Maybe if we all read that we could understand better the connection (which really is there I believe) between Jesus and Islam.

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author avatar Carol Roach
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

what a wonderful story

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author avatar spirited
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

Yes, thanks Carol, he was a truly wonderful man in all senses of that word.

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author avatar Kingwell
31st Oct 2015 (#)

This is a good review and share. I am 76 years old and have been seeking since I was just a child and am still seeking. I have often wondered about those who find their answers so easily. I sought for most of my life within the Christian community and know many who have found their peace there but I often wonder why Jesus remained silent for me. Gradually I began to see a greater truth but I am still learning. If someone finds peace though Christ I am happy for them because it is real for them. The same is true for those who find it in other faiths. Although I still adhere to the Christian religion, it is only in name. I know now that we are all one, one with God and with all creation yet we will never understand it all here. One last thought, Christian never did catch on in India despite the conversion of such men. Blessings

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author avatar spirited
31st Oct 2015 (#)

thanks for sharing a bit about your own life in regards to this Kingwell.

I have sometimes found some easy answers through hypnosis, and other way-out pursuits of various paths, but even these answers in the end turned out to be not the final answer I am seeking, and never satisfied me either.

They sort of whet my appetite, but never quenched my thirst.

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