How would you recognize an authentic saint? Do they exist only in the books we read long after they’ve passed from this life, or do we hear about them only after they have been publicly recognized for their good works? Or are they quietly working among us? Meet Swami Shuddhandanda Brahmachari, a living saint, who tries to keep a low profile. This eloquent “holy man” with the mindset of an economist, tells us the story of his journey and life’s work in the villages and slums of Calcutta. Known as a “reluctant guru,” Shuddhananda speaks candidly about the dangers of “guruhood,” his unique approach to charitable work and the social transformation, which is taking place in the 700 villages he serves on an amazingly small budget. “I don’t believe you need a lot of money to do good work. What you need is a vision and the spirit to do it.” He believes that creating wealth in the minds of the poor as well as good health care can reverse poverty.
He is the author of, In Danger, Remember Me: Promises, Life and Teachings of Himalayan Master Baba Lokenath (Lokenath Divine Life Mission 1991) and Befriending Mind: Finding Your One, True Friend as an Essential Spiritual Practice (Lokenath Divine Life Mission 1999).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- What is the root of happiness for you
- What is Karma Yoga and how can it enhance your life
- What is the invisible world and its relevance
- Where does spirituality fit in with working in the relative world
- Discover the mystery of the Himalayan Yogi, Baba Lokenath
- Hear about Swami Vivekenanda’s part in the World Parliament of Religions
Program Number: 2870 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 5/8/2001