Sadhu Sundar Singh – Story of Christian Sadhu

Sadhu Sundar Singh was born in 1889 in Patiala which is in Punjab, India. His family was very religious and raised him up teaching Hinduism and visiting temples regularly.  By the age of 7, he had memorized the Bhagvad Gita and by the age of 16, he had mastered the Vedas and also the Quran. Growing up Sunder attended a school conducted by the missionaries for some time but he was not at all interested in the Bible and resented it.

At the age of 14, suddenly his mother passed away. Sunder was very close of his mother. He was shattered by the loss. He was undergoing a major faith crisis in his life. He was looking for peace and truth. He was very confused in his mind and was sad. He even thought about committing suicide. He was never convinced that Jesus and his teachings were completely wrong and so he tore the Bible and would throw stones at preachers.

The Night that Changed Everything

It was a cold night of December in 1903 when he decided he would throw himself under the train, when the train Ludhiana Express passes by his home. That night he prayed several hours. He said, “O God, if there is a God, reveal yourself to me tonight.” The train was about to come early the morning. Suddenly the room filled with a glow. It was not dawn yet and Sunder opened the room and peeped outside. It was sheer darkness. He closed the door and the light grew brighter. While he was watching this he suddenly saw a figure appeared before him and he heard a voice say, “How long will you deny me? I died for you; I have given my life for you.He saw the man’s hands, pierced by nails. Sunder was astonished he was not at all hoping to see Jesus but some of the traditional gods whom he worshipped. Sunder realized the Jesus is still alive today and he fell down on his knees and prayed to him. He experienced amazing peace and joy in his heart which he has never experienced before. The vision disappeared but the joy and peace lingered in his heart. He was now changed forever.

In 1905, on his birthday, he was baptized in an English church in Shimla. At that time, he decided to become a Christian Sadhu, so that he could dedicate himself to the Lord. As a Sadhu, he wore a yellow robe, lived on the charity of others, abandoned all possessions and maintained celibacy. He was convinced that this was the best way to introduce the Gospel of Jesus Christ to his people since it was the only way which his people were accustomed to. In addition, he also wanted to be free to devote himself to the Lord. His family ostracized him.

He traveled extensively all over India and Ceylon. He visited Malaysia, Japan and China between 1918-1919. He also went to Western Europe, Australia and Israel in between 1920-1922. He preached in many cities; Jerusalem, Lima, Berlin and Amsterdam among others. Despite his growing fame, Sadhu Sundar singh retained a modest nature, desiring only to follow Jesus’ example: to repay evil with kindness and to win over his enemies by love. Towards the end of his life, he had many health issues due to excessive traveling. He wrote many books during these times. Following are list of some of the books he wrote. They were written in Urdu and translated by different authors.

  • At the masters feet (1922)
  • Reality and religion (1923)
  • Search after Reality (1924)
  • Spiritual Life (1925)
  • Spiritual World (1926)
  • Real Life (1927)
  • With and Without Christ (1928)

Finally in 1929, Sadhu Sundar Singh was on a trip to Tibet with some other traders. He had walked several miles beyond Badrinath on the snowy mountains. The road to Tiber is very steep and difficult mountainous trail. He was on this road and he never returned back. His friends went all the way to search him but never found him. Nobody knows exactly what happened to him.

Sadhu Sundar singh is called the “Apostle with bleeding feet”. He was a Christian monk, and his work and ministry to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in India and South Asian region is matchless. He represented Christ and Christianity in a Indian form. He was truly a Sadhu, who found his Salvation, only through life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, his Guru.

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  1. battula subbarao
    November 13, 2010

    bakth singh was a great bealiver,and legend

  2. May 15, 2011

    nice story, Jesus Christ saves and transforms our lives, love brothers.

  3. James Samuel
    September 22, 2011

    Very useful testimony. He is truly a man of God.

  4. NAKUL
    November 28, 2011

    Praise the Lord

  5. Sergei
    January 21, 2012

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ from India,
    Many times ago I try to get some good information about Sadhu Sundar Singh. I did translate the book ” Sadhu” (Streeter and Appasamy) into Russian and also a book by Phyllis Thompson named “Sadhu Sundar Singh”. Many people in Ukraine have an interest in his life because his life inspires us to live for Jesus Christ. Do you know about the newspaper “Nur (or Noor) Afshan” where were printed some Sadhu Sundar Singh’s articles? May I ask you to make for us copies of the newspaper since 1916, October 6 and 13? Please, help us!


    Sergei Loginov, Pastor
    P.O.Box 53
    UA-73040 Kherson

  6. March 14, 2012

    sadhu sundar singh hindi story i want for ministry work

  7. Lav kumar GoHill
    April 25, 2012

    he had worked for god almighty.

  8. Navneet
    May 22, 2012

    I like this story.

  9. Priyesh
    February 24, 2013

    Praise God.
    Amazing story.

    June 19, 2013

    Pl provide a COPY of HINDI VERSION please

  11. John Thomas
    September 13, 2013

    Dear Sir or Madam at Jeevan Marg:

    Just like Pastor Sergei Loginov from Ukraine requested, I would be very grateful if you could please email to me articles by Sadhu Sunder Singh in Nur Afshan of October 6 and 13, 1916. I tried to get it many ways but was not successful. I appreciate your help very much

    John Thomas
    Follower of Jesus

  12. jessi
    October 8, 2013

    story was super

  13. December 13, 2013

    praise the lord. thank you very much .for this testmony . i request you sir . plese write in telugu launguage also

  14. February 27, 2014

    God bless u I share a vision of my wife( a diplomat)who was lifted up in heaven on 2nd Jan 2014 and stood in front of the Most Holy throne and God spoke to her in loud and furious voice that go on Earth back and tell the people that something Unique will happen on Earth in May 2014 which never happened before. Save the people who wana be saved and leave the rest. She did not share this vision except me to anyone because already many people told this kind of vision but God had mercy and gave more time to the world to be prepared for heaven but this time He was not looking in the mood to give more time and Grace. So I wana share it with no discrimination of caste or religion, white or black, rich or poor, gentle or sinner, king or beggar. It is the Will of Lord Jesus Christ to tell the message of deliverance to everyone not any particular group of people. To the workers of Lord Jesus Christ, I request do it with the speed of racehorse not at the pace of snail or tortoise. Spend much money on big conventions and seminars not only on Sunday but 24×7 encourage each other. Don’t hate anyone but give the message of God to everyone. Don’t care the people what they say about you but seek the Lord,s Will. KL Angora .

  15. sankar
    May 19, 2014

    I have always wondered the inspiration received by those who had spread gospel in Theni – Tamil Nadu – particularly in the Andipatti hill area. They were young men struggling for daily bread but spread the gospel through their one man missionaries. I asked one of them and he fished out an old paper having a bio-graphy of Sadhu Sundar Singh.This was in 1978.

    Since then I have always thought of Sunder Singh and Christ during my difficult times- I am a common lay man and a non- baptised believer and a low-rung employee belonging to a ostracised community.I have never read the bible in detail, though the words of the lord have been spoken to me. This is also typed at a browsing centre.I happened to listen to a conversation on Sadhu sundar singh and requested the young men to express my opinion.

    There is a miraculous power thinking of him as a brother and praying to Christ.

    Best Wishes

    August 9, 2014

    mujhe hindi me testimony chahiye

  17. Jeebant
    December 30, 2014

    Dear Sir,
    I am a christian young man, living in udaipur, rajsthan, i need hind biography book let of sadhu sunder singh to distribute our hindu friends as gift, can i have those copies for this regards.

    In Him,
    Udaipur, Rajsthan

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