In 1978, God Incarnate Baba Lokenath appeared in a vision to Swami Shuddhanandaa, directing him to spread His message of love, compassion, and trust in the divine. Baba left for the Himalayas in 1982 as a wandering monk. When he came to the holy pilgrim center of Bageshwar, he established a retreat there in the mountains. Between 1985-87, Baba traveled India visiting various sacred pilgrimage sites. Then he came to Kolkatta, where he began his humanitarian Mission. During those year s of travel, Baba began sharing the wisdom of the ancient Rishis. In 1990, the Centenary year of Baba Lokenath's Mahasamadhi, he came to the West for the first time.
Since his first discourses at an Indian Temple and a Unitarian Church in San Francisco, he has become the beloved Baba of young and old, men and women belonging to all communities and faiths. In 1993, he spoke on Spiritual Oneness at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago, and gave the keynote address to more than 10,000 young people at the World Vision 2000 Conference in Washington D.C. Baba has spoken at many universities in the U.S., including MIT, Stanford, California, Virginia State University, Notre Dame, and Georgia Tech. Baba has a special mission with the young, whom he inspires to embrace eternal values while living in a rapidly changing society.
He was the first Hindu to give a Sunday Service at a 400 year-old Catholic Church in Remcheid, Germany, where he spoke on Jesus and applying His teachings to daily life. In the same city, he addressed hundreds of high school students for three years in a row. Large numbers of Germans await his visit to different cities and attend his meditation workshops every year. The local press gives wide coverage year after year. He also visits the U.K., Singapore, Australia and many other countries. In all these places, his gentle spirit touches one and all. His message is non-sectarian and universal. He celebrates the divine in all its manifestations, in every life, in every faith. Baba's profound wisdom, his childlike surrender and trust in God, are profoundly moving, living realities to all who meet him.
As a living embodiment of pure bliss, absolute humility, divine compassion, and unconditional love, he speaks directly to the heart in ways that transcend language. His teachings, as seen in those on cultivating your own mind as your best friend, offer a doorway into a grounded, practical spirituality for our time. In the midst of his creative and relentless service to the poorest of the poor in West Bengal, he works just as tirelessly to give those in the West the practical means to transcend superficiality and to break the shackles of the mind caught in illusion. He tenderly bridges East and West, calling all to a life of compassion and love, harmony and peace, trust and celebration, both in the divine and in day-to-day life.
Baba has initiated a course on Simple Art of Managing Stress (SAMS) for the Corporate executives and employees of large and small companies as also the students and teachers of Educational Institutions. His workshops at the Lucent Technology and AT&T in Chicago and New Jersey and also with the HP Digital and Siemens in India has been highly inspirational and practically useful to overcome stress and get Spiritually centered.