“From the first moment we met, Dr. Singh gave me the impression that he was an extraordinary personality. Dr. Singh is a man with great human qualities, which stem from a great heart. He is a man of deep understanding, compassion, humility, love and spirituality.

….. Compassion and love in Dr. Singh go beyond the barriers of race and religious background. Because of his respect for every human person, Dr. Singh doesn’t make any distinction between the rich and the poor, a VIP and the man in the street. He treats every single person with the same respect and love….. He not only teaches with his word but also teaches especially with his life.”

Father Maximilian Mizzi
Assisi, Italy

“… an outstanding person … Dr. Singh’s contribution to the understanding of religion and the relation between science and religion … will have a long-standing influence.”

Charles H. Townes
Nobel Laureate in Physics

“I believe that Dr. T. D. Singh’s friendship with various religionists could be a model for promoting peace and love among diverse people of the world.”

Ven. Jinwol Lee
Prof., Dongguk University, Korea
Global Trustee URI Asia &  
EXCO member of WFB

“… it is easy to celebrate Dr. T. D. Singh’s work for interfaith understanding and cooperation. His gracious, joyous and humble spirit, his deep reverence for God, his keen intellect, his compassionate commitment, his gracious hospitality and his ready laugh are an inspiration, and are incomparable gifts to any interfaith effort for peace, justice and healing.

In particular, Dr. T. D. Singh has been an extraordinary gift to the United Religions Initiative. Over the years, he has contributed greatly to the URI’s chartering process… But he went far beyond helping to write words on a page. Through his efforts, those words have become a living reality. He has helped spread the URI’s vision throughout Asia and played a key role in enabling the URI’s regional conference for Asia and the Pacific in Bali, Indonesia in December 2001.

It has been a privilege to work side by side with Dr. T. D. Singh, to travel with him, to share visions of the possible and to join hands to make those visions real. But perhaps the greatest privilege has been to sit with him in stillness in the presence of the sacred evoked so purely in his beautiful chanting.”

Rev. Canon Charles P. Gibbs
Executive Director
United Religions Initiative

Dr. Thoudam Damodara Singh, Ph.D.

A Tribute to the Life of a Pilgrim of Peace

Dr. T. D. Singh, also known as His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Sripada Maharaj, was an outstanding exponent of the science-spirituality dialogue and in world peace-building initiatives. His tireless efforts within the past thirty years were revolutionary and have sown the seeds of introspection in the fields of science and spirituality, bringing together some of the best minds in the world - scientists as well as spiritualists - to a common platform of constructive dialogue.

As a scientist in Physical Organic Chemistry, from the University of California, Irvine, USA, and as a spiritualist in the Bhakti-Vedanta tradition, Dr. Singh authored and edited over a dozen renowned books on science and spirituality while traveling extensively the globe over, building bridges between communities, cultures and ideologies. Everywhere he went, he sought to cultivate the human spirit of inquiry, love and peace.  Primarily, he emphasized the need for a new paradigm of life beyond the mechanistic model of atoms and molecules, to include that of consciousness, meaning and purpose.

Universal Brotherhood


Constantly paying tribute to his divine master, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Dr. T. D. Singh organized numerous seminars and conferences on the synthesis of science and religion, conducted arts and cultural performances, and established close relationships with religious leaders and scientists in all parts of the world.

Through his meetings and discussions, he highlighted the unifying elements of the different philosophical, cultural and religious paradigms as the basis for world peace. This, he felt, could be achieved by cultivating the finer qualities of life such as nobility, honesty, objectivity, sincerity, compassion, forgiveness and humility among others, while at the same time searching for the ultimate reality and purpose of life.

church In addition, Dr. Singh was a key member of the United Religions Initiative (URI) founded by Bishop E. Swing under the auspices of the United Nations. Through the URI, Dr. Singh played a very active role in getting leaders of the world’s religions in several parts of the globe to meet and work towards greater understanding of each other. In fact, in honour of Dr. Singh, the URI held its Global Assembly 2008 at the world headquarters of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness in Sridham Mayapur, where religious leaders of all faiths from the globe over gathered for dialogue on peace, understanding and cooperation.

In the land of his birth, Manipur, a state in northern India, Dr. Singh was instrumental in founding the URI Manipur Cooperation Circle. He also established schools and even a nature-cure hospital there as well as in other parts of Northeastern India. Dr. Singh also started the University of Bhagavata Culture, the first of its kind in the world with a broad range of programs and faculties based on Vedic culture. In addition, he unraveled to the world the richness of Manipuri culture through his cultural arts troupe called Ranganiketan, which not only graced headlines across continents, but which also tugged at heartstrings for its rhythmic beatitudes of harmony and peace.

churchDespite his stature as a world figure, Dr. Singh was personal in his dealings with whomever he met. Indeed, it appeared that the Divine had treasured in him a stunning combination of exceptionally unique qualities. Dr. Singh’s life, works and teachings mark a new chapter in humanity’s quest for the Ultimate Reality.


Books by Dr. T. D. Singh

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