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Gabriella Burnel

Inspirational Sanskrit scholar and vocal artist

Gabriella Burnel is a Sanskrit scholar and an accomplished musician and musical theatre performer. After studying Sanskrit at Oxford, she completed a Masters in Drama at Goldsmith University in 2010. She has since written musicals for off-West End theatres in London and performed with the band Gabriella and The Planets.

Gabriella is well-known as a composer and performer of poems and hymns drawn from the Sanskrit tradition. Early in 2016, she set to music a hymn in praise of Adi Śaṅkara which she also performed at a Teacher’s Day event in the London School of Economic Science.

Mother Madālasā singing to her children, telling them that they are Shudha, buddha and mukta, pure, conscious and free.
MARKANDEYA UPANISAD - The story of Madālasā is in Chapters 25-30 of the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa. The Mārkaṇḍeya is one of the eighteen ‘great Purāṇas’ (mahāpurāṇas) relating to Brahmā, said to have been narrated by the ṛṣi Mārkaṇḍeya.
Canto XXV – The story of Kuvalayāśva and Madālasā
Canto XXVI – The story of Kuvalayāśva: The Education of his Sons
Canto XXVII – The Education of the Sons
Canto XXVIII – The Education of the Sons Madālasā’s Exhortation
Canto XXIX – Madālasā’s Exhortation
Canto XXX – Madālasā’s Exhortation

शुद्धोसि बुद्धोसि निरँजनोऽसि सँसारमाया परिवर्जितोऽसि सँसारस्वप्नँ त्यज मोहनिद्राँ मँदालसोल्लपमुवाच पुत्रम्। शुद्धोऽसि रे तात न तेऽस्ति नाम कृतँ हि तत्कल्पनयाधुनैव। पच्चात्मकँ देहँ इदँ न तेऽस्ति नैवास्य त्वँ रोदिषि कस्य हेतो॥ न वै भवान् रोदिति विक्ष्वजन्मा शब्दोयमायाध्य महीश सूनूम्। विकल्पयमानो विविधैर्गुणैस्ते गुणाश्च भौताः सकलेन्दियेषु॥ भूतनि भूतैः परिदुर्बलानि वृद्धिँ समायाति यथेह पुँसः। अन्नाम्बुपानादिभिरेव तस्मात् न तेस्ति वृद्धिर् न च तेस्ति हानिः॥ त्वम् कँचुके शीर्यमाणे निजोस्मिन् तस्मिन् देहे मूढताँ मा व्रजेथाः। शुभाशुभौः कर्मभिर्देहमेतत् मृदादिभिः कँचुकस्ते पिनद्धः॥ तातेति किँचित् तनयेति किँचित् अँबेति किँचिद्धयितेति किँचित्। ममेति किँचित् न ममेति किँचित् त्वम् भूतसँघँ बहु म नयेथाः॥ सुखानि दुःखोपशमाय भोगान् सुखाय जानाति विमूढचेताः। तान्येव दुःखानि पुनः सुखानि जानाति विद्धनविमूढचेताः॥ यानँ चित्तौ तत्र गतश्च देहो देहोपि चान्यः पुरुषो निविष्ठः। ममत्वमुरोया न यथ तथास्मिन् देहेति मात्रँ बत मूढरौष।

Gabriella Burnel was commissioned to set to music and perform the verses of the Song. The commission was funded by friends and students of the School of Practical Philosophy in Australia. The film is a video-recording of the final audio session in the London studios, generously provided by Gabriella.

Gabriella on YouTube

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