Jai Uttal (left) and Donna De Lory (above)
BY ARVIND CHITTUMALLA
The word moksha (MOKE-shah) is an ancient Sanskrit sutra that
means freedom, liberation, or release.
Moksha can also be interpreted as liberation from Samsara, the cycle
of birth, death, and reincarnation. It is the final release from the illusion
of duality, accompanied by the realization of one's own fundamental
nature: oneness with the creator and all its creations.
The notion that we are a separate being from the whole is a result of
the existence of the ego. Under the influence of ego, every action (every
thought, word, or deed) is directed toward the protection of this self.
Only when the ego is dissolved can we see the oneness surrounding us;
then we experience moksha.
Sacred music is a powerful tool to help dissolve our ego and find liberation. Whether we are creating music or listening to it, music brings
together people of different backgrounds and beliefs. Through sacred
music, we go a step further by channeling a higher realm of consciousness. All sacred music has the same purpose: to celebrate the divine,
to invoke the divine to give us strength, and to thank the divine for
blessing us with the wonders of this life. Constant indulgence in sacred
music alters our thought patterns: the more we sing and chant sacred
songs and mantras, the more divine our thoughts become.
The Moskha Festival offering all of the
sacred arts will be held in central Santa Monica
at the Broad Stage; August 13-14.
The Moksha Festival will feature:
Music – including Donna De Lory and Jai Uttal
Yoga, meditation, Jyotish, Vaastu, visual arts,
food, and Ayurveda.
Arvind Chittumalla is a devout student of Yoga, Sanskrit, sacred music, and meditation.
He has channeled his passion into the studio Aanand Saagar in Venice and into the production
of the Moksha Festival, August 13-14 in Santa Monica: Mokshafestival.com