“widsom of the sadhu” Teachings of Sandar Singh, book review
Sundar Singh is known in his lifetime as India’s most famous convert to Christianity. He however was a very humble man. He was searching for the true meaning of life and kept looking until he encountered Jesus. He lived his life as a sadhu- wandering holy man- basically as a beggar. He traveled the dirt roads of India and spoke in profound parables. Near the end of his life he traveled internationally to speak and write.
This book is a collection of anecdotes, sayings, parables and meditations. I found it difficult to read for several reasons. First, there are many foreign words, most of which are translated the first time used, but I could not remember and therefore did not understand further use and the story. Second, I am not familiar with Indian culture or religions, so even when words were translated, I still could not fully appreciate the significance of some of the writings. And finally, I found it hard to follow the story line or time line, as there was not a narrative or explanations between chapters.
That being said, if you are interested in these topics, enjoy studying men who were fully devoted to following Christ in this manner, Indian culture and a monastic lifestyle, this book is for you. It may also be easier to understand if read in small bites, rather than read cover to cover in a couple of days.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Plough Publishing House. All opinions expressed are my own.