I remember Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja when I first met him in Los Angeles in 1972. I had flown over to LA from New York to spend a month with Srila Prabhupada, based on Prabhupada’s invitation, and had the good fortune of being with him throughout the day. During that visit, on more than one occasion, Maharaja came to visit with Srila Prabhupada, and brought guests from the academic world to debate with Srila Prabhupada, or just to sit at Srila Prabhupada’s feet, talking intimately with him.

I was very much impressed by his gentle and quiet demeanor. I was attracted to him as his behavior indicated a precious cultural heritage and a gentle sincerity of intention. I felt humbled by this cultural presence, and I attributed his giving me any attention and kindness due to my closeness to Srila Prabhupada, rather than any personal qualification of my own. On many occasions, I talked to Srila Prabhupada about Maharaja, and in fact participated in discussions on the creation of the Bhaktivedanta Institute.

After Srila Prabhupada’s departure, I felt close affinity to Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja and offered my services as a friend and assistant in his BI endeavors. For many years we were close associates and together participated in projects such as the creation of Bhaktivedanta Fellowship; the Conference of Science and Religion in Bombay; the starting of a farm and school in California; and together, the preaching of Srila Prabhupada’s message of “You will show your love for me by how you cooperate with one another” to the rest of the GBC. In these endeavors he always brought a sense of maturity and wisdom which was a great complementary attribute to my sense of zeal and initiative.

My best wishes,

Atreya Rishi Das (Faramarz Attar)
Harvard M.B.A. Established the ISKCON center in Tehran, Iran


“The Bhaktivedanta Institute” is the academic wing of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Guru mile lakhe lakhe shishya mile ek (there is no dearth of preceptors, but genuine disciples are rarely met with) and Srila Prabhupada must have been, indeed, very proud to have Dr. T. D. Singh as one of his worthy disciples. This becomes apparent when one takes into account the recent activities, including holding three International Conferences, of the Bhaktivedanta Insitute all under the supervision of Dr. Singh.

Samaresh Bandyopadhyay Professor
Dept of Ancient Indian History and Culture, University of Calcutta


I met Sripada Bhaktiswarupa Damodar Maharaja when both of us were Ph.D. students at the University of California, Irvine in 1971. My family had been religiously inclined and we were encouraged to attend daily Aarti and Satsang programs when I was in India. But in the U.S., because of pressure of studies and the desire to do well in college, the religious practice had been limited to occasional remembrance and thanksgiving to the Lord. So, it was quite a surprise when I saw Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja in ‘brahmachari’ clothes walking around the UCI campus. I talked to him briefly and found out that he was a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Chemistry. He spoke a little about Krishna Conscious philosophy and told me about Srila Prabhupada’s wonderful work to spread Krishna consciousness in the western countries, and the Laguna Beach ISKCON temple. I was really impressed by his sincerity and dedication. Since then, I have been very appreciative and supportive of his efforts to synthesize science and religion. I have always been proud of the logical and intellectual basis of Vedic Sanatana Dharma where people can get reasonable and logical answers to life’s many problems. Sripada Maharaja’s work is unique in this regard.

Dr. Ram Singhania
Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine in Information and Computer Science


Thoudam Damodar was a student of mine in the Post-Graduate Classes of the department of Applied Chemistry, University of Calcutta from 1961-64 and since that time I have always found him very respectful to his teachers. Damodara, on most of the occasions when he comes to Calcutta, pays a visit to me and inquires about my health as well as about the department in which he was a student. On his 65th Birthday I wish him a very long and successful life so that his disciples are benefited to the extent they need.

Professor M. M. Chakrabarty
Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Applied Technology, University of Calcutta


I have had the privilege of knowing Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja for about three decades. Indeed, I first met him in New Vrindavan (West Virginia, USA) on 2nd September 1972, during the Sri Krishna Janmasthami celebrations, when I had come there with a special appointment to visit Srila Prabhupada, whom I had met several times before, but my family had not met yet.

A few years later, I met Maharaja through the Bhaktivedanta Institute (BI). Since then, I have watched with fascination how he accomplished great tasks. As we all know, he has directed the BI very successfully over the years, following the instruction of his Divine Master, Srila Prabhupada, making it an important center for studies in Science and Spirituality. He established an important Bhagavatam institution called the University of Bhagavata Culture in Manipur, of which he is the Rector.

The scientist in him is very active. I think his emphasis on the statement by Prabhupada that ‘LIFE COMES FROM LIFE’, and his enthusiasm to see this statement scientifically accepted, is very important for the growth and spread of spirituality in the world.

He held very important international and other conferences involving some of the greatest thinkers in the world. Too many details by me would be repetitive. However, I should point out that two of the conferences, one in Mumbai in January 1986, and the other in Kolkata in January 1997 were extremely significant. These conferences have helped strengthen the movement in the world for creating a bridge between Science and Spirituality. There are two books edited by Maharaja (with assistance from others) entitled “Synthesis of Science and Religion: Critical Essays and Dialogues”, and “Thoughts on the Synthesis of Science and Religion,” which are published by the BI. These contain papers presented respectively at the above two conferences, plus some further essays and dialogues by people who could not come. There are several articles by Nobel Laureates in both books. Some of the articles present significant conceptual advances. It is to Maharaja’s credit that he was the moving spirit behind these great conferences. Maharaja is also a great singer, and his songs are very moving. He has disciples worldwide and travels constantly to visit them, to take part in various conferences, and to discuss significant problems with eminent people all over the globe.

Looking at the diverse activities of Maharaja, one might say that he is not one man, but rather, a procession of men.

Professor Jagadisha Srivatsava
CNS Research Professor in Statistics at Colorado State University
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference


Indeed, Dr. T.D. Singh, the scientist and the spiritualist blended into one, epitomizes the divinity in a man. I had a number of occasions of visiting his Imphal centre near the airport, where a ‘gurukul’ of the finest kind exists and the products of the school are considered to be the best in Manipur. I pray to Almighty Krishna that his dreams be all fulfilled to the extent he cherishes.

Sachinath Mitra
Professor, Dept. of Geological Sciences, Jadavpur University, Kolkata