Voices Together: Ecstatic Chant to Benefit Omega

An Online Event Celebrating Ram Dass

This unforgettable night of live chanting to benefit Omega and celebrate Ram Dass was recorded on December 19, 2020. This program is available on demand for all who participated in the live event through 12/31/21. 

Join in the celebration! 

We are thrilled to offer this virtual experience of one of Omega’s most enduring traditions, where everyone will have a front row seat!

Voices Together: Ecstatic Chant to Benefit Omega features live performances by Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, Wah!, Guara Vani and family, Steve Gorn, and Eric Fraser, plus video footage and recordings from Omega’s historical Ecstatic Chant archives.

The event also includes interactive community sessions to share memories about Omega, Ecstatic Chant, and the many ways Ram Dass has enriched our lives.

The evening concludes with a candle lighting ceremony honoring our beloved Ram Dass.

To help Omega through the financial challenges brought on by the pandemic, and in the truest spirit of bhav, the artists are donating their performances so that all proceeds will directly support Omega.

Performers

Krishna Das Grammy-nominee Krishna Das is one of the foremost devotional singers in the world. Sharing his spiritual message through music and chanting, Das has produced numerous recordings, including Heart Full of Soul, Live on Earth…for a Limited Time Only, One Track Heart, and the Grammy-nominated Live Ananda.

Deva Premal & Miten
Grammy nominated Deva Premal & Miten are modern nomads on a mission to share with humanity the medicine of mantra. Their music has been included in movie soundtracks such as Walkout, Mantra, and 8 seconds, and is enjoyed by over 1 million monthly Spotify listeners.  

Jai Uttal
A Grammy-nominated singer and pioneer in the world music community, Jai Uttal has led kirtans worldwide for more than 30 years. His musical roots embrace a rich variety of cultures and traditions that span the globe and the centuries.

Wah!
Wah! has been making music for the yoga world for more than 25 years. She blends a seductive, Eastern-tinged spiritual sound with a unique mix of pop, world music, ambient electronica, hip hop, and reggae.

Gaura Vani
Gaura Vani was born into an American Hare Krishna family and left the United States at age six for a gurukula (temple school) in the holy city of Vrindavan, India. He studied ancient Sanskrit and Bengali prayers, and learned to play traditional instruments and sing sacred music.

Steve Gorn
Steve Gorn, whose flute music for yoga and meditation has been said to “re-align the cells,” is featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary film, Born Into Brothels. Well-known to audiences in India and the West, he is an innovator in the field of contemporary world music.

Eric Fraser
Eric Fraser is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) with a specialization in music and sound as a therapeutic modality. He works with people of all ages and has extensive experience working with children and families in foster care, children effected by adverse childhood experiences, autism spectrum, couples counseling, adult psychotherapy, group music therapy, trauma recovery, and addictions.

About Ram Dass

Ram Dass was one of America’s most beloved spiritual teachers and a formative voice in the Omega community.

He was the author of many best-selling books, including the classic Be Here Now and Polishing the Mirror. Born Richard Alpert, he began teaching at Harvard University in 1958, where his explorations of human consciousness led him to conduct intensive research with LSD and other psychedelic elements in collaboration with Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley, Allen Ginsberg, and others. Because of the controversial nature of this research, he was eventually dismissed from Harvard in 1963.

In 1967, a fateful trip to India led him to his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. Under his guru’s guidance, he studied yoga and meditation and received the name Ram Dass, or “servant of God.” He went on to pursue a variety of spiritual practices and became world-renowned for his dedication to loving service.

Ram Dass was the founder of the Hanuman Foundation, which developed the Prison-Ashram Project, designed to help inmates grow spiritually during incarceration, and the Living Dying Project, which provides support for conscious dying. He cofounded the Seva Foundation, an international organization dedicated to relieving suffering in the world.

Ram Dass also founded the Love Serve Remember Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving and continuing the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba and Ram Dass.

Schedule

Welcome
Live Session: Deva Premal & Miten
Community Share: Your Omega memories
Live Session: Krishna Das
Community Share: Your Ecstatic Chant memories
Live Session: Wah! 
Community Share: Your Ram Dass memories
Live Session: Jai Uttal
Live Session: Guara Vani & Family
Blessing & Candle Lighting Ceremony Honoring Ram Dass with Guara Vani
Live Session: Steve Gorn & Eric Fraser
Video of Ram Dass from 2001 Omega Retreat
Closing Om


Select Your Donation Level

$150
Mandala

Become part of our circle. Your gift provides much-needed support at this challenging time and brings you all the benefits of Omega Membership.

$250
Bhakti

Show your devotion to Chant and help secure future Omega programs; gifts at this level and above receive special donor recognition during the event (if received by December 16, 2020).

$500
Ananda

Experience the joy of Chant and help Omega serve its growing global audience by offering exciting new online experiences for seekers everywhere.

$750
Shakti

Harness the power of giving and help Omega expand the reach of our programs to provide hope and healing throughout our global community.

$1,000
Om

Be part of the evolution of consciousness by supporting Omega's transformative nonprofit work in the world.


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Things to Bring

Bring a candle to participate in the midnight ceremony to honor Ram Dass.


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