Tara Singh was known as a teacher, author, poet and humanitarian. Born in 1919, he spent the early years of his life in a small village in Punjab, India. From this sheltered environment his family then traveled and lived in Europe and Central America. At 22, his search for the truth led him to the Himalayas where he lived for four years as an ascetic. He described this time as his outgrowing of conventional religion, where he discovered “that a mind conditioned by religious or secular beliefs is always limited.”
He subsequently responded to the poverty of India through participation in that country's postwar industrialization and international affairs. He became a close friend of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and other great leaders who helped to frame India’s constitution.
After the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, he came to America to observe the impact of science on society and to learn how technology could benefit a free India. Even though he had less than three years of formal education, he met and associated with key thinkers, leaders and educators in America. Eleanor Roosevelt, Pearl Buck and Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas among others, helped introduce Mr. Singh to the West. Living in New York, he served as an executive of C.A.R.E., refusing to accept a salary although he himself was often without funds.
It was during the 1950’s, as he outgrew his involvement with political and economic systems, that he became inspired by his associations with Mr. J. Krishnamurti and the teacher of the Dalai Lama. He discovered that “humanity’s problems cannot be solved externally.”
He became more and more removed from worldly affairs and devoted several years of his life to the study and practice of yoga. The discipline imparted through yoga helped make possible a three-year period of silent retreat in Carmel, California in the early 1970s.
As he emerged from the years of silence in 1976, he came into contact with the contemporary scripture A Course in Miracles. Its impact on him was profound. He recognized it “as an answer to man's urgent need for direct contact with Truth.” There followed a close relationship with its scribe, Dr. Helen Schucman. From then on, the Course was the focal point of his life.
His love of the Course inspired him to share it with thousands of people in workshops and retreats throughout the United States. He recognized and presented the Course as “thoughts of God” and correlated it with the great spiritual teachings and religions of the world.
From Easter 1983 to Easter 1984, he conducted the One Year Non-Commercialized Retreat: A Serious Study of A Course of Miracles. It was an unprecedented, in-depth exploration of the Course. No tuition was charged.
For over 30 years, Tara Singh worked with students on the issues of inner transformation. His work was described as “a call to wisdom” and encompassed the ancient knowledge of the East as well as the ethics of America’s forefathers. In his teaching, he shared his inspiration for the truth he found in all religions and for many great beings who brought light into the world.
He was the author of numerous books, including A Gift For All Mankind, "Love Holds No Grievances," Awakening A Child From Within, The Voice That Precedes Thought, How to Learn from A Course In Miracles, and Moments Outside of Time. He has been featured on many audio and video recordings in which he discusses the action of bringing order into one's life, freeing oneself from past conditioning, and living the principles of A Course In Miracles.
In 1993, Mr. Singh founded the Joseph Plan Foundation, a non-profit educational and charitable foundation dedicated to inspiring individuals and the general public to achieve fulfillment through service.
Known for the wisdom he freely imparted, he is remembered for the virtue of a noble life and the lasting friendship he openly extended to all he met.