Musical Therapy

There is no doubt that music has the ability to impact the human body. After all, we respond to a beat by tapping to the rhythm, more than we respond to a flashing light or image.
Music therapy benefits patients of all ages: from using lullabies to help the development of premature babies to playing big band songs to boost elderly Alzheimer patients’ spirits and appetites. It really does not matter what music is used, although classical music is thought to be more relaxing to the human body.
Music, both vocal and instrumental, is considered to be of divine origin and is closely identified with the Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The Goddess Saraswati, depicted with Veena in hand, is venerated by all students and performers of Indian music as the divine patron of music and learning.
Similarly in the Hindu mythology, Krishna, by means of his flute, fills himself and the universe with bliss. He distracts everyone and everything from normal activity and enchants them to revel in ecstasy. His music explodes upon the world and society insisting that all else be forgotten. It is time, it proclaims, to join in his symphony of joy, to frolic in the forest, to scamper in play, to realize every dream that one has ever dreamed in his world of infinite possibility.

By Saanvi Mundra

Std IV B

V.C. W. AVM – Bandra (E)

गोवर्धन पूजा का विशेष महत्व

भारत मे गोवर्धन पूजा का विशेष महत्व है।इस त्योहार का प्रकृति एवम मानव जीवन से सीधा संबंध है।इस पर्व से संबंधित  कथा इस इस प्रकार है।
देवराज इन्द्र को अपने बल  औऱ ऐश्वर्य का बडा अभिमान हो गया था।उनके इस अभिमान को चूर करने के लिए कृष्ण ने एक लीला रची।बृजवासी पकवान बना कर इन्द्र की पूजा की तैयारी कर रहे थे।कृष्ण ने माँ यशोदा से सवाल पूछा कि किसकी पूजा हो रही है औऱ क्यों?
माता ने उत्तर दिया कि वर्षा आने ka karNa देवराज इन्द्र है अतः उनके प्रति आभार व कृत&ता हेतु yaह kamanaaहो रही है ।इस पर कृष्ण कहते हैं कि इन्द्र की पूजा न कर I
गोवर्धन की पूजा करना उत्तम है क्योंकि गाएँ तो वहीं चरने जाती हैं।इन्द्र यह जानकर क्रोध में भर उठते है।
वर्षा शुरु हो जाती है लगातार सात दिन  तक वर्षा होती रही इस  बीच सभी बृजवासी गाय-बछडों समेत कृष्ण की शरण में जाते हैं ।कृष्ण इनकी रक्षा हेतु गोवर्धन पर्वत को ही अपनी कनिष्ठा उंगली पर उठा लेते हैं ।बलराम के साथ पानी के प्रवाह को रोकते हैं ,गोवर्धन पर्वत के छत्र तले सभी बृजवासियों को व  पशुओं को जीवन दान मिलता है। अंत में इंद्र को एहसास होता है कृष्ण कोई साधारण मानव नहीं है वह ब्रह्मा जी के पास जाते हैं ब्रम्हाजी जब कृष्ण की सच्चाई बताते हैं तो अंदर का अहंकार मिट जाता है एवं कृष्ण से क्षमा मांगते हुए उनकी पूजा करते हैं और उन्हें भोग लगाते हैं किस पौराणिक घटना के बाद गोवर्धन की पूजा होने लगी गायों और बहनों को स्नान करा कर इस दिन उन्हें गुड और चावल खिलाया जाता है इस मिथक में प्राकृतिक संदेशों को मनुष्य तक पहुंचाना और प्रकृति के प्रति कृतज्ञता ज्ञापित करना इस कथा का आधार है ।

नाम चंचल बजोरिया
आठवीं-स
वासुदेव .सी वाधवा,
आर्य विद्या मंदिर बांद्रा पूर्व

गुरू- दक्षिणा

आचार्य दोणाचार्य ।
ऱाजगु$ शिक्षक राजपुत्रों के ।
कौरव और पांङवपुत्रो के अर्जुन य़ा प्रिय शिष्य प्रियतम सब में।

pर था तो अश्वत्थामा पुत्र उनका ,अंश उनका ।
भला बराबरी में उसकी खडा हो सके कोई।

देते आज्ञा शिष्यों को जल लाने की सरिता से।
घट देते शिष्यों को लघु मुख बोल।
जो ले समय अधिक भरने में।

पात्र होता पुत्र का ,खुला बडे मुख का।
भर जल शीघ्र ही लोटते गुरू पुत्र।
समय मिल जाता पिता को,
सिखाते ज्ञान देते शिक्षा विशेष पुत्र को।

ताड ली बात अर्जुन ने।
भागते नदी तट औरो से पहले।
आते लौट शीघ्र ,सहभागी बनने अश्वत्थामा के।
पाते ज्ञान श्रेष्ठ , शिक्षा गूढ़ धनुर्वेद।
खीच न पाए गुरु भी रेखा दोनों के बीच।

बने धनुधारी दोनों ज्ञान के पात्र विशेष अन्य से।
समय बीता ,आया एक भील पुत्र एकलव्य।

ख्याति सुन द्रोण की ,बनने धनुर्धारी
कर प्रणाम । नतमस्तक हो माँगा अनुग्रह।
“देव आया हूँ मागने आपसे विद्या का दान
रहूँगा आज्ञा में,करूँंगा प्रयास बनूंगा धनुर्धर।

बनू कृपा पात्र आपका, मेरे गुरु।
हाय रे विधाता क्रूर व्यंग भाग्य का।
नकारा गुरु ने जिज्ञासु बालक को।
उनकी कृपा के अधिकारी है केवल राजपुत्र,
दीन हीन नही ,तर्क दिया खोखला सा।

नाम- गौरी परदेसी
कक्षा- सातवी “अ”
वासुदेव .सी वाधवा,
आर्य विद्या मंदिर,
बांद्रा पूर्व

पर्व धनतेरस का

भारत मे हर पर्व किसी न किसी वैगानिक मान्यता पर आधारित होता है।हर पर्व के पीछे कोई न कोई घटना जुडी होती है जो हमें अपने गौरव पूर्ण अतीत का स्मरण कराती है। दीपावली से पूर्व धनतेरस का पर्व आता है इस दिन लोग नए पात्र खरीदते हैं।इसके पीछे मान्यता यह है कि सुरासुर युद्ध मे जब तेरह रत्न निकाले जा चुके थे तब चौदहवां अमृत कलश लेकर स्वयं धनवंतरि प्रकट हुए थे ।
इसलिये इस पर्व को धनवंतरि त्रयोदशी भी कहा जाता है।इस कहानी मे धनवंतरि जैसे आयुर्वेदाचार्य का प्रसंग जुडना उनकी विद्ववत्ता और आयुर्वेद मे उनकी महान प्रवीणता की महत्ता को सिद्ध करता है।
निरोगी  स्वस्थ्य रहना हर व्यक्ति की इच्छा होती है जिसे अमृत कलश ही पूर्ण करता है।शायद इसी लिए यह मिथक इस प्रकरण से जुड़ा।ऐसी भी मान्यता है कि त्रयोदशी के दिन ऋषि धनवंतरि अपना जन्मदिन मनाते हुए लोगों को मुफ्त औषधियाँ वितरित करते थे।लोग औषधि लेने नए पात्र लेकर ही आते थे। इसी से इस पावन पर्व पर नए पात्र (बरतन) खरीदने की परंपरा विकसित हो गई।

नाम- प्रणीति खुराना
आठवीं – स
आर्य विद्या मंदिर विद्यालय बान्द्रा पूर्व

Lessons I Learnt from Indian Mythology

India’s rich mythology has taught me many things,
Like lessons of righteousness and humanity from many queens and kings.
The stories of Ramayana taught me to Always fight for what’s right,
And that a calm attitude can always help get you out of a plight.
The stories of Mahabharata taught me that the determination of five,
Can out weight the loose wand of a hundred and even the most skilled could act naïve.
The story of Prahlad taught me to always stand up for what I believe,
And to be open minded and never give up on what I want, never to leave.
Most of all Indian mythology taught me how to be wise and brave,
And these are some lessons that I will take to my grave.

By SMRITI VARIYAR, Class 9A, AVM BE

The Guru and his Disciple

Drona, a great teacher,
He taught many legendary creatures,
Arjuna was his favourite disciple,
He liked him for his pious principle.

Drona promised him to make the best,
In any form of archery test,
One day a tribal came to drona seeking knowledge,
And requested him not to acknowledge.

The master asked for his caste,
The tribal revealed the fact atlast,
Drona told him he would only teach upper caste,
And to leave for the palace in great fast.

The tribal eklavya made an idol of his master,
And became an invisible archer,
Once drona and arjuna came to the forest,
The former considered the tribal’s archery the greatest.

Drona asked for tribal’s master,
And was surprised to see his answer,
And demanded his thumb as a gift,
Eklavya offered it as a token of great respect.

By TEJAL SHIRSAT, Class 8C, AVM BE

INDIAN MYTHOLOGY: The Way I see it

Long, long ago in the land of the gods,
There sat shiva, saraswati and the other lords.
Magnificent in their divine rule,
All are great, all are cool.

Brahma the creator of all,
Is the most mighty- stands tall.
Vishnu the preserver keeping us alive,
So that towards our goal till death we can strive.
Shiva the destroyer- he does eliminate
And helps us while the dead we cremate.

The avatars of Vishnu- all great heroes,
Totally blue- up to the tips of their nose!
Krishna and ram- naughty but brave,
For the love of their lives are like perfect slaves.

Pandavas and kauravas out for blood,
With war, India had a red flood!
Wicked shakuni playing his dice,
Tricking the pandavas with a head full of lies.

Rama shooting arrows while krishna eats butter,
With various stunts they made their mothers’ heart’s flutter.
Ganesh with his elephant head and his lust for food,
Against many trials- triumphant he stood!

Prahlad prayed to divine vishnu,
Raced hard while Hiranyakashyapu ran behind holding a shoe.
His aunt Miss Holika raged with fire,
In the end burnt herself and her glam attire.

Though ravana now resides in hell
He lives in each of our hearts, god can tell.
And though every year on dussehra we burn him,
That doesn’t make the evil in us any dim.

Even then, grandly we celebrate each festival,
Also mourning the deceased in a silent lull.
Festivals like holi and diwali also tell us,
Let the good win and the wrong lose without much fuss.

By LEELA ADDEPALLI, Class 7A, AVM BE.

THE MAHABHARATA

Once upon a time, there was a Kuru Dynasty,
The princes of the empire ,
Were brave, courageous and feisty.
Pandavas and Kauravas they were called,
Kauravas were arrogant and spoilt.
But the Pandavas had faith in the lord.

Yudhishtir, Bheem, Arjun, Nakuland and Sahadev,
Were dutiful, chivalrous and brave.
Duryodhan, dushahan, karna and shakuni,
Sowed seeds of enmity.

Draupadi, the five Pandava’s wife,
Was the actual cause of strife.
She was arrogant so,
Arjun won her with his knowledge of the bow.

But Draupadi had to be divided between the five,
So people called her many names,
which stung like bees of a hive.

Yudhishtir and Shakuni played a game of dice,
Yudhishtir lost everything,
Thanks to Shakuni’s vice.

So Draupadi was dragged into the court,
To save her dignity, sadly nobody did vote.

Draupadi, chaste even though,
For vengeanence Bheem took a vow,
“He would drink dushasan’s blood
Also the hundred brothers would soon be mixed in mud.”

The brothers started the fight,
They fought with all their might.

All the Kauravas were dead,
As their grandsire lay on his death bed.
The Pandavas won the battle,
People were slaughtered like cattle.

It was a new beginning,
As the death of Shri Krishna,
Marked the kaliyug coming

By PRANITI KHURANA, Class 8C, AVM BE.

HOW MANY RAMAYANAS?

The Ramayana-the story of Shri Rama has inspired people for thousands of years. From time to time, this story has been written by different people in different languages to bring it closer to the common man.

Do you know how many Ramayana’s there are? Hundreds we are told. Here are some of them.

Valmiki Ramayan- Valmiki
Adhyatma Ramayan- vyasa
Tulsi Ramayan- saint Tulsidas
Kamba Ramayan- kamban(tamil)
Bhushundi Ramayan- Kaok Bhushundi
Govind Ramayan- sikh guru Shri Gobind Singh ji
Mantra Ramayan- mandal 6 of rig Veda
Vichitra Ramayan- Oriya
Bhanu bhakt Ramayan- Nepali
Madhav kandali krit Ramayan- Asamese
Koka Ramayan- Gujarati
In each and every Ramayana, lord Rama means:
One who is pleasing, charming, beautiful, upright, honest and one who gives rest.

By Siya Mundra, Class 3B, AVM BE

LITTLE KRISHNA AND KALIYA

Once a huge black serpent called Kaliya came to live in the river Yamuna. He poisoned the water of the river with his venom. The people of Vrindavan were very scared of the serpent, who was very strong.

One day Krishna decided to teach Kaliya a lesson. He jumped into the river to kill the serpent. Kaliya was furious and rushed to attack Krishna, but before the snake could catch him Krishna quickly climbed on Kaliyas head. To shake him off, Kaliya tried to coil around Krishna and crush him. He even tried to survive under water without breathing. Eventually, Kaliya got tired. Krishna then started jumping and stamping on Kaliyas head and the serpent started vomiting poison.

Kaliya bowed and begged Krishna for forgiveness and quietly left and the people of Vrindavan rejoiced.

By DHIA SHAH, Class 4A, V.C.W ARYA VIDYA MANDIR BANDRA (EAST)

The Voice of the Lord

The voice of Lord Krishna pervaded the moans of agony that the battlefield of Kurukshetra reverberated with. Sword against sword and death after death……the Pandava Arjuna looked around his chariot, disgusted with the harrowing scenes that prevailed there. He felt deep remorse for his actions in this battle against his nemesis duryodhana, the battle that was to be remembered forever.

Arjuna suddenly sat down in his chariot, ready to give up. “I cannot bear to watch my own cousins getting killed, Krishna. I give up this battle.”

“Arjuna, everyone has a certain duty to perform and yours is to fight for a righteous cause. If you, a warrior, shun your duty, think about how badly you are failing your dharma. Think about what a bad example you are setting for ones who are yet to arrive at this point, from where there is no return.”

“But will I not be killing my own cousins?”

“Your arrows will merely destroy their body. Their souls will remain intact for eternity. The human body has only a few stages before the inevitable death that everyone fears. So get up and fight!

This great speech, known as the Bhagavad Gita, is the most sacred scripture of the Hindus. Arjuna indeed did get up, and fight he did!

Indian mythology connects us to our rich culture. It enriches our tradition and sows the seeds of intelligence, courage and kindness in us. Indian myths have been passed from generation to generation by speech, dance, music and paintings witch portray it beautifully. So people think that our mythology is all about boring stuff, is it? Well, I’d like to tell them to step out of their dull world and discover this wonderful gift bestowed upon us.

By Ankita Murthy, Class 7A

Indian Mythology — Our Traditional Connect

By AASHNA KENIA, Class 7 A, AVMBE

Indian mythology is one of the richest elements of Indian culture, which enriches it further and makes it unique in the world. Indian mythology has different stories which have been passes on from generation to generation either by word, mouth or through stories scripts. The stories vary from subtle maxim conveying tales of panchatantra and jataka to subtle life paradigm defining stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are considered the highest gods of Hinduism. Brahma the creator and ruler of brahmalok, Vishnu the preserver and ruler of vaikunth and Shiva the destroyer and ruler of kailash.

Lord Brahma is depicted with four heads and four arms. It is from these four heads that Vedas were divided into four parts.

Lord Vishnu is very valuable and versatile. Wherever the precious balance between god and evil is at stake Vishnu returns to earth to restore order.

Lord Shiva is regarded as limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless. Shiva has many benevolent and fearsome forms. It is said that Shiva has interest in yoga and art and thus yoga and art have partially derived from Shiva’s interests.

Thus, we see that Indian mythology has a great connection with our tradition, culture and lifestyle. Many things we derive and learn from our fore-fathers and Indian mythology. Indian mythology has a great connection and makes Indian unique from the rest of the world!!

Ganesha and his Life’s Lessons

What is your proof for the creation of World? Isn’t it unlimited? So, the proof should be unlimited too! My evidence for the ultimate creation is God. As the world unlimited, the creator, God too is unlimited. Then why does lord Krishna have his own look? That’s because we need to worship and pray for our benefit in the future.

Mythological books produce a lot of information about our ancestors, God, etc. We can then develop the right and learn from the wrong. What does Lord Ganesha teach us? I’ll tell you!

Poor lord Ganesh only has one and half teeth while we have thirty two! Why so? This is because Ganesha was instructed to write the Mahabharata. While writing, he broke his pencil so to continue his work; he broke half of his tooth and used it as a pencil. This sacrifice tells us that we should be ready to help at any cost.

Another lesson is that he keeps a delicious Modak in his hand. In Sanskrit the word ‘modak’ means joy. This says that he gives us to keep our happiness in our own hand.

The next thing is his sitting position. Isn’t it a little weird? One leg up & one down! That’s because He conveys a message that one side of our mind should be calm while the other side should be active.

Why does he keep a mouse with him? Everyone knows that a mouse keeps nibbling on things but when he is with God, he is calm, composed and focused.

You must know that Ganesha has an elephant head and he holds a rope like thing. It is called Goad. It is used to whip elephants. He keeps it so he can control himself. This teaches us that even we should keep ourselves controlled.

See, how much do we learn from Ganesha!

By Sanaya Vakharia, Class 6B