What is Bala Vihar?
In Bala Vihar, the rich cultural heritage of India, including moral values, are taught to children and youth at different levels, using the medium of stories, drama, arts, crafts, and discussion. Children are also taught popular Bhajans and Slokas. Chinmaya Mission centers have become models for teaching Indiaâs rich spiritual heritage and the fundamentals of Vedanta to the next generation. Chinmaya Bala Vihar classes are organized into different grade levels from pre-KG to Grade 12 to match the childâs learning ability with the teaching material and techniques. In promoting and teaching the universal philosophy of Oneness (Advaita Vedanta), children are made to understand that although Hinduism may appear to have many Gods, the Truth (God) is the one ultimate Reality, and thus it is one God appearing as many forms
Purpose of Bala Vihar?
To inculcate in our children and youth a reverence for our ancient culture, and inspire them to live up to it with correct understanding. To create self-confidence so that they are able to serve and act cheerfully. To generate personal discipline, dynamic leadership, and true affection in all their contacts. To develop a healthy resistance against temptations in the environment in which they grow.
Bala Vihar Curriculum
Chinmaya Bala Vihar Curriculum includes various devotional, philosophical & ethical texts and topics, focusing in the early years on developing a love for God, in the elementary years on learning & practicing value-based living, and in the teenage years on understanding spirituality and fundamental Vedantic principles. The syllabus covers topics and texts from Hinduismâs Vedas, Puranas, and Itihasas. It is child-friendly and taught on age-appropriate levels. A typical curriculum includes: ABC of Vedanta, Ramayana, Introduction of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Shrimad Bhagavatam, Mahabharata, Symbolism in Hinduism, Hanuman Chalisa, India and Festivals of India, Values from Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and Ramacharitamanasa Hindu Culture. Additional topics are developed and taught at the Chinmaya Bala Vihar camps.
Chinmaya Yuva Kendra(CHYK)
Students in grade 9 and over are enrolled in Yuva Kendra. CHYK strives to unite young adults by providing a forum to explore, discuss and practice Vedanta while strengthening their lives in every endeavor. It provides a spiritual forum for the age group ranging from high school to young professionals and gives them a platform to become future leaders and role models through various volunteering activities.
Adult Study Group
This groups is designed specifically for the parents of Balavihar and Yuva Kendra students. This group meets at the same time as Balavihar classes to study and discuss Vedantic texts. Setting aside blind beliefs, they discuss scriptural teachings, deepening their personal philosophical understanding. Study Group members are those who study the scriptures because they have a thirst to imbibe and benefit from the perennial wisdom of the rishis.
What is read or heard, in order to take root, must be thought over (tat chintanam) or reflected upon. The test of clear thinking is in the ability to express our thoughts clearlyÂ (tat kathanam). Again, whether our understanding is correct and proper, is brought out in the rational and mutual discussion of the Study Group members (anyonya prabodhanam). Thus, the sincere and diligent student gains a better perspective of our scriptures through this process. Additionally, this forum, in the atmosphere of satsanga, also fosters and develops brotherly understanding and cooperative thinking among the members, and affirms the wisdom of Oneness.
Class Schedule and Time
- Balavihar Class ( Prek to 8thÂ grade): 5.30pm to 7.00pm( upstairs )
- CHYK-Chinmaya Yuva Kendra: Group study 4.15pm to 5.15pm(downstairs),Â followed by volunteering in Balavihar class from 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm
- Adult Study Group: 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm(downstairs)
In case of any questions, please reach out to
Komal Agrawal-845-242-5496 or Dr. Bina Dani-516-547-0507
Facebook: HsChinmaya Balavihar
$50 per student registration fee
Pay by check payable to âHindu SamajâÂ ORÂ Murinae