Balavihar


Mission Statement:

“To help children Learn Values with fun, To delight like the moon and shine like the sun.” Swami Tejomayananda

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 India’s 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 child’s 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 Curriculam includes various devotional, philosophical & ethical texts and topics, focusing in the early years on developing 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 Hinduism’s Vedas, Puranas and Itihasas. It is child-friendly and taught on age-appropriate levels. A typical curriculam includes: ABC of Vedanta, Ramayana, Introduction of Shrimad Bhagvad 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.

Please visit Syllabus section to download Bala Vihar related files.

Balavihar Graduates

Dear Swamiji,

My deepest thanks to you for making me a member of the Kedar family for last 13 years. Your simplicity, humor and personality has made the Kedar families feel like more than just friends to me. The lessons I have learned from you and Balavihar will be carried into my college years and whenever I think of Chinmaya Mission, I will first remember your guidance.

Most sincerely,

Aditya Kumar


Hari Om Swamiji,

I would like to personally thank you for your presence in my life throughout Balavihar education. I still remember the first time that I came to the mandir when I was six years old. You had taken me down to the book store to get me a Balavihar bag, and all I could think of was how tall you were! I officially joined Balavihar six years later and still had the bag and My Prayers book that you had given to me so many years ago. I am so glad that I joined Balavihar when I did, because learning about Hinduism really helped me learn more about myself. We have shared a lot of laughs together and enjoyed many visits to Don Pablos! I am one of the happiest and luckiest people in the world to have you as a Guru. Thank you so much for always being available for support and guidance.

Sincerely,

Sunaina Gohil


Hari Om Swamiji,

Thank you for the 14 amazing years I have shared with you at the mission. You have taught me innumerable lessons about my culture, my heritage and my religion. These are the lessons that I will treasure and reflect back on when I am away at college. You have played a major role in my life and I will be sire to continue coming to you for guidance. Thank you for everything you have done. It has meant the world to me.

Respectfully,

Adithi Rajagopalan


Dear Guruji,

Thank you for all the wisdom that you have shared with me over the past so many years. I will truly treasure everything you have taught me as I move forward in life and I am very grateful to you for everything you have done.

Thank you,

Raadhika Tandon


Hari Om Swamiji,

I wanted to thank you, today, on the day of Graduation for the guidance you've given to me throughout high school. I also wanted to thank you for welcoming us with open arms when we moved from Minnesota to here. Now, as I move back to Minnesota, I look forward to coming back and visiting the center. Thank you again for everything you've done.

- Parth Shukla