Dr. Thoudam Damodara Singh, Ph.D.
Dr. T. D. Singh was an outstanding pillar in the science-spirituality dialogue and in world peace-building initiatives. His tireless efforts for over 30 years, have sown the seeds of a revolution in mindsets in the fields of science and spirituality.
As a scientist, Dr Singh received His PhD in Physical & Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, (USA). As a spiritualist in the Bhakti-Vedanta tradition, Dr. Singh was known as His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami, and was trained in Vaishnava Vedanta studies under his Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who personally appointed him as the Director of the Bhaktivedanta Institute.
As such, with his unique qualifications and qualities, he has organized numerous seminars and
conferences on the synthesis of science and religion in which thousands of prominent scientists and religious leaders including several Nobel Laureates participated. He also conducted arts and cultural performances, and established close relationships with religious leaders and scientists in all parts of the world.
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.
He also established schools and a nature-cure hospital in Manipur (the place of His birth) and in other parts of India. Dr. Singh inaugurated 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 also tugged at heartstrings for its rhythmic beatitudes of harmony and peace.
Dr. Singh’s life, works and teachings has marked a new chapter in humanity’s quest for a deeper understanding of life and the universe.
“ … 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
“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