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. In Mauna seminars (silence retreats), Sri Swamiji helps participants silence their thoughts. He says, “Silence doesn’t only mean to be silent and not to speak. It really means to silence the sense organs, thoughts and doubts.”
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 increases physical and mental well-being. Regular practice leads to inner peace and a natural meditative state.
Sri Swamiji uses the Advaita Vedanta philosophical method of asking questions, such as ‘Who am I?’ as well as references to various sacred, classical Indian texts, to answer fundamental questions on the meaning of life. His teachings are very lively and given with a great sense of humor.
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 bird sanctuary with the most parrot species (468 species).
The Kishkindha Moolika Bonsai garden protects endangered tree species.
Sri Swamiji promotes peace and tolerance in the world, He respects all religions, belief systems and people from all backgrounds, and He lives accordingly. He is coming to Davos in the summer 2019, and will lead a Silence Retreat and perform a concert ‘Music for Meditation’ – Mauna Dhyana Raga Sagara with His Indian musicians. Everyone is heartly invited!
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 the 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 KKL Luzern, Royal Albert Hall London, Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center New York, Esplanade Singapore, Tonhalle Zürich, and many others. The two biggest concerts till now were in Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad, India, with audiences of over 100,000. People listening to the concerts talk about the refreshing, soothing and relaxing effect of this music. Such experiences can lead to inner growth, peace and balance. Sri Swamiji’s music can also be heard in our western daily life: it resounds in the round, glass telephone booths, the Telecab 2000, found in Swiss cities. A sequence of Sri Swamiji’s music is played upon the opening and closing of the door.