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Singh, Sadhu Sundar (1889–c.1929)

  1. Morgan Thomas Ridington

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1263

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Ridington, M. T. 2011. Singh, Sadhu Sundar (1889–c.1929). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


While Thomas is the apostle most associated with India, the most prominent Christian of Indian birth, Sundar Singh, more closely mirrors the life of the Apostle Paul. Born in 1889 into a devoutly religious family, Sundar Singh pleased his parents by becoming well versed in the Sikh and Hindu religions. His mother's death, however, threw the studious young man into a spiritual crisis. A planned suicide was only averted by a personal visitation by Jesus, in which he received the peace he previously lacked. Though fulfilling his late mother's wishes to become a sadhu (holy man), Singh's pursuit of Jesus Christ and adoption of a life of holiness and asceticism permanently alienated him from his family. Like Paul, Singh spent most of his life traveling. He made three significant missionary journeys beyond southern Asia, including China, Malaysia, and Japan in 1919, Australia, England, and the United States in 1920, and Europe in 1922.


  • Singh, Sadhu Sundar (1889–c.1929);
  • closely mirroring life of the Apostle Paul;
  • personal visitation by Jesus;
  • life of simple obedience