Music is a Blessing

The melodious and swift tunes, the soothing herb, Music is the prayer which is akin to connecting with GOD. Music is a form of worship, a source of ultimate relief. It has the inbuilt properties of healing and curing which is amicable to the soul of the body.

Music is the elixir of life. In situations of stress , it provides for a calming, pleasant state of mind. Even in dire situations like those of getting into road traffic, any kind of music sung or played will result in relief. When one is stressed or is tense, singing vocal classical songs or playing an instrument will indeed relax you instantly and help in building a positive, good state of mind.  This is the magic of music, the beauty of beats, the harmony of hearts, the cure of crime, Music  is the science of the strings & notes and the art of the impossible.

Music is all around us through its various forms in nature such as the chirping of birds, whistling of waves, whiff of the winds,  pitter-patter of rain drops, swaying of trees. We can feel it in all elements of nature. Music is priceless and it is the prayer that every heart sings !   It is the only one thing that has the potential to transform moods from sad to happy, change behavior from anger to calm and lend a certain balance and calm to a personality.  It is the soul of life and every heart sings it.

Music as a prayer today could be a certain cause of peace, integrity and harmony among all. It is our duty and responsibility to preserve it.  ‘OM’ is a sacred sound, it is the purest form of music which resonates in the Universe.

The World needs  Music  than ever before to calm humanity, soothe nerves and promote brotherhood. The language of Music is Universal and appeals to one and all.  Whether it is the African beat, the melody of the sitar, the strumming of the Spanish Guitar, the beautiful sound of the church bells, chanting of the mantras, the hymns of the Monastery, the bhajans, the qawwalis, the renditions and evocations of the Almighty is through Music.  Whether it is the bass of the tabla or the folk lore singing of a tribal, the musical beats of Michael Jackson and the lively singing of Shakira  or the beautiful melody of Lata Mangeshkar ,  the heart and soul start swinging to every musical tone.  Music is truly Universal extending from the farthest reaches of the Universe to stirring the smallest cells of the body.

What gives us happiness and purifies our minds, hearts and souls has infinite reach and is ubiquitous , Utopian and unifying could only be Music which binds, a prayer which every heart sings .

Music is the ultimate cure…….

Music is a universal language. All species including animals, birds and humans relate to it and use music for different purposes. There is music in the chirping of the birds, in the falling rain drops, and in the rhythmic waves of the sea.

When experiencing physical and emotional pain, people often think that medication is the only cure. However, in recent years, various alternative healing methods have evolved. One of these healing methods is music therapy. Music therapy is the prescribed use of music and melodies to help restore, maintain and improve the emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being of an individual.

The immense power of music is also evident by the fact that since time immortal all religions have used it in some or the other form in their prayers- for instance, ‘Sankirtan’ is a form of prayer involving music and song by a group of people. Its therapeutic potential for both humans and animals has been scientifically proven.

Music therapy has shown positive effects especially for conditions like cancer, autism, depression, suicidal tendencies, children with emotional and behavioural disorders and survivors of childhood trauma. In the modern lifestyle full of stress and anxiety, music can play a pivotal role in reducing social aggression and violence. It is incredible that something used for leisure can be such a powerful healing agent. To quote the famous musician Billy Joel, “Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music”

By Shivani Rath

CLASS-IV-B

V.C. W. AVM – Bandra (E)

संगीत की शक्ति अपरंपार

क्रोधित होकर महादेव ने किया धनुष-टंकार

खुल गए शिव- शंभू के त्रिनेत्र अनायास।

तीन-लोकों में मच  गया  हाहाकार।

विचलित होकर नंदी पहुंचे उमा के पास

बोले माता! क्या है इस क्रोध  का आधार?

क्या किसी के पास है क्रोध  का भी प्रतिकार?

मुस्कराकर माता बोली! चिंता क्यों करते हो

संगीत में है शक्ति अपरंपार

ओउम नाम का स्वर-संगीत, प्रिय है शिव को खास

सभी जीवों के भी है हृदय के पास।

प्रेम का संदेश सुनाता, सुर सजाता, रचाता है यह रास,

रोगों को भी दूर भगाता, ज्ञानीयों का है विश्वास।

संगीत के सात सुरो से भरा जगत का कोना- कोना,

जब तक बहती है सात सुरो की गंगा, धरा पर

क्रोध, क्षोभ, दुःख-ग्लानि काwha क्या है रोना?

Reem Badami

10 A

Arya Vidya Mandir Bandra West

Music is the prayer every heart sings…

 

“He who sings, scares away his woes.”  “There is nothing in the world so much like prayer, as music is.” are some old, but apt quotes.

 

Some people like to listen to music, many people like to sing, while others, can play musical instruments. Music nourishes us in all its forms. It always makes us feel positive in our outlook to life. In Hindu mythology, Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, arts, wisdom, music & learning. She is shown playing the veena.

 

The Hindu deity lord Krishna is commonly depicted in a relaxed pose, playing a flute.  When lord Shiva plays the Damru, he plays Omkara – the sound of Aum.

 

Even in Greek mythology the god Orpheus was celebrated as a singer and lyre player and goddess Athena played the Aulos (Flute).

The Greeks also believed that music could have a beneficial effect on both the mind and body of the listener.

 

During festivals we celebrate by playing music.  It is a huge part of wedding celebrations in all cultures. Religious functions are incomplete without devotional music.

Hence we can easily conclude that music is a therapy that every person needs

   

Prisha Singh

Std IV C

V.C.W. A.V.M Bandra East

 

 

Alumni Update: A book by journalist Vinay Sitapati, AVM Batch of ’98

A write up on a book that is written by an ex student of AVM Bandra W Vinay Sitapati of 1998 batch
FYI
Link to the Full Article in the Times of India here.

Excerpt from the article:

Rao’s private papers among book’s contents

Published by Penguin Random House and due for release on the 25th anniversary of the 1991 “reform” budget, academic and journalist Vinay Sitapati’s book also examines Narasimha Rao’s suspicions that Sonia was keen to supplant him as PM and the deterioration of their relationship as documented by the terse tenor of Sonia’s letters to Rao after 1993. This was when she began to back Congress dissident Arjun Singh and N D Tiwari against Rao. The book also records Rao’s own subtle attempts to sideline Sonia.

“I was inspired by a book I read on Deng Xiaoping and the transformation of China in the 1980s,” Sitapati told TOI. Sitapati was given access to cartons of Rao’s papers by the ex-PM’s family. “It was important to me that the family does not control what I write. Which is why I have been able to write about Rao’s strengths as well as his flaws,” he said.

Ref: Times of India/ Indiatimes.