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)

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 TRADITION

By Manya Chopra, Class 4B, AVM Juhu

Krishna and Radha,
Rama and Sita,
They are our tradition,
And preserving it is our mission.
 
We should respect it,
We should honour it,
We should protect it,
And we should follow it.
 
Many generations have passed,
But we must remember mythology till last,
Our tradition is fading,
So we must start it’s mending.
 
Ramayana and Mahabharata,
Vishnu Puran and Gita,
They are our traditional books,
And are more spiritual than they look.
 
With technology and science,
India has taken rise,
We have forgotten mythology,
In this world of technology.

Wow! Indian Mythology

By Disha Narayanan Class 1B, AVM Juhu

Wow! Indian Mythology
Has stories so nice!
Of Gods, Saints and Animals
Some I read twice

My favourite is Krishna
With his sweet flute
And his pranks in Gokul
Are all so cute

How he lifted a mountain
On one little finger
But got it from Yashoda Maa
For stealing the butter!

He danced on a stage
Which was a Nag’s head
I love reading these stories
Before I go to bed.