Balavihar at Madhuvan


On Sundays at Chinmaya Madhuvan

9:15 AM 10:00 AM Language classes
10:00 AM 10:30 AM Invocation attendance
10:30 AM 12:00 PM Bala Vihar / Study Groups
12:00 PM 12:30 PM Aarti
12:30 PM   Prasad

About Balavihar

The greatest boon given by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda to the younger generation is Balavihar. Balavihar provides a spiritual and cultural orientation to children of the modern age. The rationale of the Balavihars as elucidated by Pujya Gurudev in the "March of the future" talk is summarized below:

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

Need for Balavihar

From The Children's Point Of View The character-building of a nation must start from us, children. We are the trend-setters for future generations.  It is we who will help establish a world of peace and harmony. In the absence of the Gurukula system and joint families, we are exposed to minimum of our valued culture. Add to that, our fast paced lives. We have no time for all this! Our elders seem to have lesser time for us. 

Bal Vihar is the solution where loving sevakas / sevikas teach us what we ought to know, with the love of a parent, the doting of a grand-parent and the discipline of a teacher. 

And best of all - we have fun together ! 

How Balavihar Works?

Bal Vihar is a group of children, meeting once a week, at a set venue, for 90 minutes, for the sole purpose of learning our precious culture, spiritual wisdom, and related values through books, stories, and games 

Bal Vihar inculcates the values of Sanatana Dharma, as taught in our scriptures--Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta, Upanishads, Epics and Puranas-helping us to grow into responsible citizens of tomorrow. Balavihar classes for various age groups are conducted by trained sevaks and sevikas. These voluntary dedicated workers impart to children, the glory of our rich culture, aiming at character formation and reverence for our ancient heritage.

The high ideals and values from our great scriptures are taught in the form of stories, games, quizzes, crafts, bhajans, hymns, shlokas, skits, dances, etc. The current syllabus includes: Bala Ramayana, Bala Bhagavatam, Symbolism in Hinduism, Hanuman Chalisa, Why do We in Indian Culture and selected extracts from the Upanishads and the Bhagawad Geeta. 

Balavihar Teacher Volunteers

Additional Resources

 

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 lickiest 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