Shuddhaanandaa "Baba" (1949 - ), is lovingly and more informally called "Baba" or "Swamiji" by most who know him. A former Professor of Finance at a University in Hyderabad, India, Baba renounced worldly life at age 26 to dedicate his life to the Divine. The essence of his teaching is grounded in the Vedic principle of "Atma-Kripa" -- "the grace of one's inner self" which is achieved through love for one's own self and expanding that to unconditional love for all beings on Earth. Baba explains these concepts in his book "Your Mind, Your Best Friend".
Baba has been teaching how to attain "love for ones's own self" in Universities, schools and other public venues in the USA, Germany, India and other countries, inspiring students and seekers with Vedantic teachings of Spiritual Oneness. Since 1990, his annual Global Tour to the West has been a source of great spiritual inspiration that has uplifted thousands of seekers on the path, both from Indian and Western traditions.
Baba lectured at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1993 and was the keynote speaker at the Global Youth Conference held in Washington, D C. the same year. He addressed the assembly at the World Hindu Conference in Frankfurt in 1992. He was invited as a delegate to the Millennium Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders of the World organized by the United Nations in August 2000.
Baba believes that in developing true "friendship" with one's own self, we become able to feel unconditional love for all beings in Earth. Baba translates his preaching into action through his "Lokenath Divine Life Mission" projects.
He has been relentlessly working for the emancipation of women and children in the remote villages of India. He founded "Lokenath Divine Life Mission" in 1985 in worship of the Living God in all beings on Mother Earth. Today, more than 8000 children belonging to the street slums of Kolkata and hundreds of inaccessible villages in India are given free education with a spiritual foundation. More than 200,000 patients in rural villages and city slums are treated without charge at outdoor medical clinics and Mobile Medical Vans. The Mission is also leading the West Bengal, an eastern state of India, in forming Farmers Clubs to promote eco-friendly agricultural and village development. As of June 2002, his Mission is the pioneer in the state of West Bengal in the field of Micro-Credit, serving more than 700 Self-Help-Groups of 10,000 women belonging to more than 500 villages.
Baba has authored several books, including the Biography of his spiritual Master Baba Lokenath "The Incredible Life of a Himalayan Yogi", "Your Mind, Your Best Friend", "Creating Space for Celebration in life -- Clutter free Home Clutter free Mind" and "Words of Pure Bliss". The books have been acclaimed by thousands of readers all over the world as the transforming experience of their spiritual life.
He lives in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and in Mumbai, India most of the year and tours India and the world sharing the joy and bliss of his spiritual being. Though he says he is not a Guru, thousands in India and abroad love and respect him as their spiritual guide and see in him the embodiment of his Master, Mahayogi Baba Lokenath. (1730-1890).