Chinmaya Bala Vihar

Statement:

"To help children learn values with fun, to delight like the Moon and shine like the Sun!"
- Swami Tejomayananda

Objective:

"Children are not vessels to be filled but lamps to be lit. Children are the architects of the future world. They are the builders of humanity. It is the most sacred task of parents as well as teachers to mold their lives in accordance with the sublime Indian tradition. The seeds of spiritual values should be sown in young hearts and the conditions made favorable for its sprouting and steady growth by the exercise of proper control and discipline. Cared for with warmth of love and affection, such a tree shall blossom forth flowers of Brotherhood, Universal Love, Peace, Bliss, Beauty, and Perfection".
- Swami Chinmayananda

The Chinmaya Mission Bala Vihar program offers weekly spiritual classes for children in their formative years. Our teachers are volunteers trained by our Acharya Br. Girish Chaitanya, and periodic teachers' training. The classes are categorized by school grades. They start and end with Sanskrit prayers and include chanting, bhajans, interactive discussions, creative games, and stories of devotion and morals drawn from our scriptures. As envisioned in our culture, the children learn the stories of the Puranas, moving to the character building of our Itihasas, and then graduate to self-unfoldment through Vedantic teachings.

Conducted worldwide, the 90-minute classes (half hour assembly followed by one hour class) are based on a specifically laddered, dynamic curriculum, with the aim of accomplishing the Bala Vihar rationale set forth by Swami Chinmayananda:

  • To instill in our children a reverence for our ancient culture, and inspire them to live up to it with correct understanding.
  • To create self-confidence that will enable them to serve and act cheerfully.
  • To inculcate personal discipline, dynamic leadership, and true affection in all contacts.
  • To mold their capacity to brilliantly express their individuality.
  • To bring out their dormant faculties and detect defects, and to cultivate and improve their creative abilities.
  • To help our children develop a healthy resistance against temptations in the atmosphere in which they grow.
  • To provide an atmosphere that will enable our children to grow with noble ideals, healthy emotions, and physical discipline.


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