A TRUE STORY:
SADHU SUNDAR SINGH IS A MAN OF GOD, A PROPHET, A MISSIONARY, A HOLY MAN OF GOD
BORN IN PUNJAB,INDIA IN THE YEAR 1889 IN THE CITY OF PATIALA TO VERY PIOUS SIKH PARENTS. [Sikh, meaning a “disciple”, or a (“learner”), is a panentheistic religion that originated in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent during the 15th century, a religion that teaches belief in one God and rejects the caste system; it had become one of the established religions in the area, standing apart from both Hinduism and Islam.]His family was very religious and raised him up teaching it 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.
Sundar Singh’s mother took him to sit at the feet of a sadhu, an ascetic holy man, who lived in the jungle some miles away, while also sending him to Ewing Christian High School, Ludhiana, to learn English.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.
The death of Sundar Singh’s mother, when he was fourteen, pitched him into violence and despair. He took out his anger on the missionaries, persecuted Christian converts, and ridiculed their faith. In final defiance of their religion,he tore the Bible and would throw stones at preachers.One day he bought a Bible and burned it page by page in his home while his friends watched.
Sundar thought by doing this he will regain his peace and comfort but rather that night he was not able to sleep.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,“O God, if there is a God, reveal yourself to me tonight or else I would kill myself.”
The train was about to come early in the morning. Suddenly the room filled with a glow. It was not dawn yet and Sundar 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. Sundar was astonished he was not at all hoping to see Jesus; but some of the traditional gods whom he worshipped.
Sundar realized that 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.
Sundar told his father, Sher Singh all that happened to him that night, and henceforth he would follow Christ, but his family was not happy to hear this.
Then sundar went to school to continue his studies, one day he received a letter from his father; in which it was written that sundar’s father was ill and he should come home,Sundar’s father had planned to arrange him marriage so that he will stop following christ, but sundar told his father that he cannot leave Jesus and so he wanted to become a christian sadhu.
His father denounced him, and his brother Rajender Singh attempted to poison him. He was not poisoned just once but a number of times. People in that area threw snakes into his house. People used to possess his house but his life was saved by the help of a nearby Christian community.
Sundar was chasen out of his father’s house.
Jesus protected sundar singh from all his dangers…
to be continued….