Children in India

Since 1985, Baba has been honing a new model for sustainable development using education, self-help, and micro credit through his organization.

Lokenath Divine Life Mission (LDLM) has served millions of people since its formation in 1985. Whole villages no longer require its direct support.  

Our goal is to awaken those we serve to their innate dignity, their personal initiative, and their inherent, immense capacity to generate wealth.  

All poverty is a poverty of education. We provide those we serve with the education, tools and awareness they need to create their own wealth and to work together to build a healthy community in which to live.

Anything people create for themselves, they will work to sustain as they do their own child, because it is their creation.

Development that fails to address issues of culture and consciousness along with economic advancement shreds the cultural fabric.  It assures a culturally rootless misery that is devastating to the spirit. 

We focus on cultural transformation along with economic development in order to preserve and enhance the character and spirit of the people and their community.

Ours is a fully democratic, people’s participatory process of development.   

The infrastructure we build is in the hearts and minds of the people we serve rather than physical infrastructure.   

Our Self Help Group members naturally become economic and community leaders due to the years of training they receive.

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West Bengal & Assam

Lokenath Divine Life Mission has served hundreds of rural villages and more than 60 urban slums in West Bengal and Assam.  

LDLM provides education, medical treatment, resource linkage and micro credit self-help programs, as well as addressing targeted areas of need and collaborating with other organizations on additional programs.  

While LDLM’s primary focus is on women and children, it is always identifying additional ways to address the needs of underserved populations.

Health and education:

Environmental preservation and awareness:


Annual Budget:
 Between $40,000 and $75,000 USD

Baba Shuddhaanandaa

Born in 1949 in Calcutta, Baba Shuddhaanandaa was deeply affected by the kindness and joy he encountered in the impoverished men, women and children he met on Calcutta’s streets. At 26, he left a promising academic career in economics to become a monk and serve the fullest possible expression of the dignity and divinity in every human life.




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