The Bhaktivedanta Institute maintains a unique Dr. T. D. Singh Science and Spirituality Library, affording students and scholars the opportunity to review rare works. Watch the introduction to the video below to see how the works in this library informs the participating students.
The Institute's library has been one of the finest collections on up-to-date science and spirituality literature available from around the world.
Below are a few featured titles found in the library:
Oxford Handbook on Science and Religion God's
Universe (Written by Harvard astrophysicist Owen Gingerich)
Introduction to Ayurveda
History of Mathematics
Visions of Compassion
Mind of God
Dr. T. D. Singh Science and Spirituality Library (TDS-SSL) was founded and initiated by Institute's Founder and illustrious Scientist-Saint Dr. T. D. Singh. Because of his extensive travel, it was possible for Dr. Singh to browse in bookshops, libraries and antique galleries all over the world and pick up the best and latest in science and spirituality literature. He lectured at universities and somehow found time in between to keep expanding the collection. This collection included a number of very scarce publications and journals, and
many classical texts on science and religion. What started his personal collection grew slowly to complete library with hundreds of chosen titles in wide fields of interest, from cosmology to life sciences to consciousness to philosophy and to countless other areas.
The Library now serves a variety of readers. TDS-SSL has now acquired an outstanding collection of books and manuscripts dealing with science, philosophy and religion most
cherished by the wisest and best of mortals and immortals both.
The library has become a pivotal collection of source books and manuscripts relating to the
deeper issues of human thinking. This collection has formed a unique TDS-SSL library to serve thoughtful persons in the advancement of learning and wisdom. The library has been formed, bringing selected books, one by one, for more than three decades. Its holdings now includes over three thousand titles exclusively on subjects pertaining to science and spirituality.
The library contains several unusual works bearing at the cutting edge of science and spirituality. It is fortunate in having a considerable collection of books of Founders of modern science and ancient philosophers. Darwin's widely known and commented volume Origin of Species also finds its place in the shelves besides many volumes on role of divine.
There are many items in the collection of practical use to students for religious studies. The volumes on Sacred Books of the East, edited by Professor Max Muller, is still the standard text in its field. Editions of the Koran, some handwritten and beautifully illuminated are worth of admiration. Among scarce religious texts include editions of the Mahabarata, the Ramayana, the Vishnu Purana, the Bhagavata Purana, Upanishads, and Manu Smriti. Taoism, Confucianism, and the teachings of Zen include editions seldom available to the public.
The wisdom of the ancient Greeks is well represented, including a complete set of the original writings and translations, including works of Aquinas, Socrates and Kant. One of the most useful books in this section is The History of Philosophy, in part devoted to the life and teachings of Pythagoras.
One of the most important sections of the Library is devoted to books of most famous scientists and scholars such as Einstein and Religion, Physics and Philosophy of Heisenberg and the most sought after little book, What is Life? by Schrodinger. The rare works such as Matter and Motion of Maxwell and Where is Science Going? by Max Planck form too an important unit.
It always seemed to the founder, that religious and symbolical art should be included in a collection representing mankind’s heritage of wisdom and beauty. Over the years, many art books were turned over to the Institute, which also form a part of its collection.
There are many items on permanent display in TDS-SSL. The notable ones are the pictures of the prominent personalities such as Bhaktivinod Thakur, one of finest minds in the history of devotion who penned hundreds of beautiful and heart-touching songs, besides hundreds of books on science and philosophy. Others include picture of Sri Vyasadeva, the original compiler of all the Vedic literatures.
The library, in a nut shell, can provide important research material on almost every subject relating to man’s heritage of learning from ancient wisdom to modern scientific and technological pursuits. It could thus be a useful resource for all sincere persons working to bring together the noblest thoughts for the benefit of humanity.