"God made you and the world with Love. Have faith in God's judgement."
Sri Swamiji promotes peace and tolerance in the world, He respects all religions, belief systems and people from all backgrounds, and He lives accordingly.
Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji from Mysore, South India, is known world-wide for His concerts, as well as His teachings in yoga and philosophy. His teaching is based on the traditional yoga system and includes Datta Kriya Yoga, Advaita Vedanta philosophy, and the practice of Mauna, silence, which he teaches in Mauna Seminars (silent retreats).
Datta Kriya Yoga is a popular form of yoga in the West. The practitioners stimulate their life force (prana) with breathing exercises (pranayama). This is both energizing and refreshing, and can increase physical and mental well-being. Regular practice can lead to inner peace and a natural meditative state.
Sri Swamiji developed a musical system based on the ancient Indian Raga Ragini Vidya tradition, in which specific Ragas (sequences of notes) are connected with specific body regions and elements. The musicians play classical Indian instruments such as violin, flute, ghatam, mrdangam and tabla, according to the rules of the Indian system of notes. Sri Swamiji plays a specially prepared synthesizer, which He compares with the veena, a traditional Indian instrument. His musical work comprises over 200 CD’s and DVD’s with instrumental music, bhajans and mantras, that can be downloaded from all major retailers. He was awarded a doctorate for His achievements in music.
For over 30 years, Sri Swamiji has been inspiring His audiences with His music in famous concert halls world-wide, such as the Royal Albert Hall London, Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center New York, Esplanade Singapore, Tonhalle Zürich, concert hall of University of the Arts, Berlin and many others.
Concert listeners report on the refreshing, soothing and relaxing effect of this music. The experiences that are made during this music session can be the basis for inner growth, peace and balance.
Sri Swamiji supports and maintains many social projects in India such as 2 primary schools in Mysore, a school for children with learning disabilities (Vagdevi School), and a home for destitute women (Ammavodi). Datta Peetham, over which Sri Swamiji presides, runs a hospital that provides free medical services for everyone, and also regularly provides free meals for thousands of people (Annadanam). The Datta Peetham Trust supports other independent social institutions with money and materials such as ambulances for public hospitals, and regularly gives useful items to people who are socially disadvantaged and have health disabilities, such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, sewing machines and tools.
Sri Swamiji is committed to the protection of nature. He maintains His own aviary, which has a bird hospital, as a refuge for endangered species and also for injured birds.
This aviary, called Shuka Vana, was awarded a Guinness World Record for the most bird species in an aviary having 468 species on 26th May 2017. The Kishkindha Moolika Bonsai garden protects endangered tree species.