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Reviews from reader’s of the Autobiography of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh

Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh’s Autobiography is an eye opener to me. I must admit that before I read your book, he was but a name to me. There is thus much that I have learnt from this about our Heroic Age of Freedom Struggle (which of course began not in 1920, but in the first decade of our century). Your Introductory Thesis has a wide sweep of comprehension and sets the remarkable career of Bhai Sahib in the right historical perspective.

You have rightly described Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh as a blend of a Prince and a Yogi, as a God-intoxicated man who was also a scourge of a Divine in difficult situation. If his prison tribulations make painful reading, his great equanimity, his singular capacity for the transcendence of man’s pettiness and cruelty, and his total rapport with the divine make the Autobiography a saga of endurance and triumph. The confrontation with the alchemist, and later Bhagat Singh are shining episodes in the narrative. After the hell and the purgatory, the reunion with Mrs. Kartar Kaur who
had been waiting 16 years, and other kith and kin I entry into a new heaven. It is a truly memorable story, and yet real and of our time.
Prof. K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar

I had heard of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh in connection with the history of the revolutionary movement, but I never knew that he was a God-intoxicated man. The book cast a spell on me. I read it continuously for two days and shall read it again. It shows Sikhism remains a living and active religious force even in the 20th century. A community which can produce such a man can give our country and the world new
values and ideals.
Dr. Anil Chandra Banerjee

The Book, in a lucid and exquisite style, translated by the masterly hand of Dr. Trilochan Singh, contains the autobiographical letters of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh, the renowned Sikh Saint. In his commendable Introductory Thesis, the translator has enabled the reader to get a glimpse of the life, personality and times of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh. The autobiographical letters of the saint enable him to peep into the multi-faceted life of this great freedom fighter, a reformer and theologian.

This autobiography has a great historical value because it traces the life of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh mostly as a prisoner in the jails of British India. The atrocities perpetrated by the Imperialists on their subjects have been recorded in detail. Because of it’s historical value, this book has a religious importance for the Sikhs, because it brings forth their spirit and personality. Bhai Sahib’s presence among the prisoners was a great solace for them. A Seeker of the truth will always feel inspired by the experiences of Bhai Sahib narrated in the epistles of the book.. With the magic touch of his personality, a great political martyr like Bhagat Singh could utter such words: “Your exhalted life has imparted to me the elixir of spirituality and I feel its ennobling influence.”
Dr. Surinder Singh Kohli

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