Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Sundar Singh (1889-1929) awaits rediscovery
Mourned by millions at his death,
Sundar Singh (1889-1929)
awaits rediscovery at the dawn of the 21st century.
Though known in his lifetime as India's most famous convert to Christianity, that reputation is not entirely accurate, for he never accepted its conventions but gravitated instead to its stark original teachings.
Leaving the wealth of his home at sixteen to live as a sadhu, or wandering holy man, Sundar Singh's beggar-like existence, his intense bhakti (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 Orient, and the United States - remained unaffected by this modern Saint Francis.