Datta Yoga Center, USA
DYC was established by the inspiration of the teachings of His Holiness
Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji
in 1986 to foster unity, peace, and spiritual/religious upliftment of humanity through ancient teachings. An important aspect of Sri Swamiji's teachings is "manava dharma", the universal morals and values that define the oneness of humanity. Manava dharma includes the practices of non-violence, thruth, non-possessiveness, compassion and identification of the divinity in each and every person. It recognizes the unity between the various world religions.
In the United States and all over the world, Sri Swamiji has uplifted, enlightened, and blessed thousands of individuals. His Holiness leads devotees to understand the higher meaning of this life. He teaches that the body and soul should be used to grow spiritually through good thoughts, meditation, puja (worship), Nama Sankeertana (singing and repetition of the name of the Lord), yoga, and seva (service to the Sadguru or God). U.S. devotees follow Sri Swamji’s teachings by singing His bhajans, holding satsangs (sacred gatherings), celebrating important religious festivals, learning and chanting scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita, and helping those in need. Most of the centers and temples listed below offer Bala Datta Classes.(
in which children learn Indian languages such as Telegu, Kannada, and Sanskrit, musical instruments and singing, Kriya and hatha yoga, and Hindu scriptures. Notably, the SGS Gita Foundation an affiliate of DYC under the auspices of Yoga Sangeeta teaches children and adults to read and memorize the complete Bhagavad Gita. On August 13th, 2022 more than 2,000 people participated in the Sahasragala Gita Parayana and chanted the entire 700 shlokas of the Bhagavad Gita in the presence of Sri Swamiji. This event garnered a Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous Hindu text recital. It is one of at least a dozen Guinness World Records that Sri Swamij and His devotees have earned. Sri Swamiji has created an easy method for conveying His messages of universal love, peace and harmony in short phrases and videos. It is a free App known as SGS Posts (Simple Good Sayings). The sayings are written in English, Spanish and five different Indian languages (Hindi, Telegu, Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam). Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji has 10 million followers on Facebook.
Sri Swamiji has consecrated four temples in the U.S.: 1) Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple in Frisco, Texas; 2) Datta Temple and Hall of Trinity in Baton Rouge , LA; 3) Trinity Datta Yoga Center in Carpentersville, IL near Chicago; and 4) Jesus Datta Retreat Center in West Sunbury, PA near Pittsburgh. Karya Siddihi Hanuman Temple and Jesus Datta Retreat Center are part of Datta Yoga Center. The Trinity Datta Yoga Center is an affiliate of DYC. A Balaji Temple is proposed for Tracey, California near the Bay area. Devotees are encouraged to visit these on a regular basis. The Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple has the only Marakata (Jade) stone idol in North America/Europe. Sri Swamiji has founded Datta Yoga Centers in various locations throughout the U.S.: 1) SGS Datta Yoga Center in New Jersey; 2) Jayalakshmi Datta Yoga Center in Maryland near Washington D.C.; 3) Hanuman Datta Yoga Center in Houston, Texas; and the Dashavatara Yoga Center in Fremont, California. When Sri Swamiji graces us with His presence in the United States, He performs daily pujas and weekly homas, gives speeches, sings bhajans, and sometimes holds concerts for healing and meditation. Sri Swamiji has performed concerts in the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, and Sydney Opera House. To learn more about Sri Swamiji’s healing and meditation music (Nada Chikitsa), please visit Yoga Sangeeta. Sri Swamiji is a perpetual fountain of music (nada) and has composed and sung more than 2,000 bhajans in various Indian languages. His bhajan sessions are a highlight of His programs and are eagerly sought by the devotees. The bhajans are available on the Bhajan Mala App, and more than fifty albums have been published so far.