[HISTORY] Bhagat Singh Thind (1892 - 1967)
- Bhagat Singh Thind
Bhagat Singh Thind (1892-1967) was born in Punjab and came to
America in 1913. A year later, he was paying his way through the
University of California at Berkeley by working in an Oregon lumber
mill during summer vacations. When America entered World War I, he
joined the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged on 16th of
December, 1918 and in 1920 applied for U.S. citizenship from the
state of Oregon. Since several applicants from India had thus far
been granted U.S. citizenship, he too was approved by the district
court. However a naturalization examiner appealed this court's
decision, and the rest is history.
Feb 10, 1923: Justice Sutherland rules "Hindus" are "aliens
ineligible to citizenship" in United States vs. Bhagat Singh Thind
(261 US 204)
What is less well-known is that Bhagat Singh Thind remained in the
U.S., completed his Ph.D., and delivered lectures in metaphysics all
across the nation. Basing his lessons on Sikh philosophy, he
enriched his teaching with references to the scriptures of several
religions and the work of Emerson, Whitman, and Thoreau. He
campaigned actively for the independence of India from the British
Empire, and helped Indian students in any way he could. In 1931, he
married Vivian Davies and they had a son, David, to whom several of
his 15 books are dedicated.
"You must never be limited by external authority, whether it be
vested in a church, man, or book. It is your right to question,
challenge, and investigate."
Ironically, Dr. Thind applied for and received U.S. citizenship
through the state of New York within a few years of being turned
down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
HOUSE OF HAPPINESS
Based on lectures given in 1927, this book is a fine introduction to
Dr. Thind's teachings. It is easily understood by and popular with
young people, as well as more advanced students of Eastern
religions. A few of the chapter titles are: How to Find Out What You
Are Best Suited For; Evolution Passing from Lower to Higher
Births; Consciousness An Inward Knowledge; Aum The Sacred Hum of
"Appeal to the tradition of a nation, and the whole mob psychology
is arrayed behind you. Let me appeal to the democratic spirit of the
Americans, and they think I am just wonderful. Appeal to the
spiritual nature of India, and you get all Hindus on your side."
RADIANT ROAD TO REALITY
Dr. Thind's disciples count this book as their teacher's greatest
writing. It deals with enduring truths of spiritual import,
verifiable facts of the highest human psychological possibilities.
Dr. Thind reveals an exact science showing the seeker how to connect
the individual soul with its Universal Creator. In the Preface, he
writes: "It [this book] is for him who seeks to illumine his
intelligence by the torch of his own Divinity, who hungers to attain
the Consciousness, which transcends the barriers of time and space."
"The truest help one can render a man bent with the burdens of life,
is to call out his best energies and efforts, so that he himself by
himself may raise his sagging spirit, and not only cope with
conditions, but come out triumphant in the highest spiritual sense
of the word." This quotation from the Preface is an expression of
what Dr. Thind hoped to accomplish with this book. Chapters include:
Union with God; the Unknown Is in the Known; Ego vs. Individuality;
Unification and Reunion; Sikh Religion Made Plain; The Song of the
THE PEARL OF GREATEST PRICE
"No scientific law can ever compare with the discovery of the Living
Word of Power, which unifies man's whole being and makes him one in
nature and character with his indwelling God." This is the theme
developed by Dr. Thind in this book an inspiring volume for all
who seek to go ever onward, forward and Godward. Chapters include:
Modus Operandi; Walking in the Inner Path to God; How Sat Guru
Helps; Nature, Nurture and Nam; Overcoming the World.
"The human mind is where everyone has to live and find his only
opportunity for peace, happiness and wholeness. Only the unified
mind can see things whole."
Bhagat S. Thind
"There are many religions, but only one Morality, one Truth, and one
God. The only Heaven is one of conscious life and fellowship with
Bhagat S. Thind
JESUS, THE CHRIST: In the Light of Spiritual Science
These three volumes were written for all who have freed themselves
of orthodox religious thinking and for those who are ready to do so.
The books serve as a springboard to greater spiritual heights,
wherein we appreciate more than ever the message of the Sat Gurus,
the Saviours, the Avatars, the Christs, of whom Jesus Christ was
one. Dr. Thind analyzes the teachings of this Savior of the western
world and compares them with the teachings of all the great