Balavihar at Madhuvan


Note: All Balavihar classes will be conducted online due to COVID-19 pandemic.

On Sundays at Chinmaya Madhuvan

9:00 AM 10:00 AM Language classes
10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Invocation

Swamiji leads the invocation chanting for all families together. (Guru Stotram, Invocation, Bhajans, Gita Chanting, Birthday Song

11:10 AM 12:10 PM Study Class on Bhagavad Gita chapter 2 for all parents by Swamiji
11:10 AM 11:40 AM Bala Vihar Classes for 1st to 3rd Grades
11:10 AM 12:10 PM Bala Vihar Classes for 4th to 12th Grades


Notes

  • All the teachers will do the pledge at at the end of the class
  • We request our parents to do aarti in the evening as a family in their own homes.

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 for year 2021-2022

Grade

Syllabus

Stotram

Books

Teachers

Grade 1

Bala Ramayana

Ram Stotram

Bala Ramayana
Tarangini 1

Vidya Rao
Sasi Kumar

Grade 2

Hanuman Chalisa

Hanuman Chalisa

Hanuman Chalisa
Tarangini 2

Gayatri Rawal
Kiran Shelat

Grade 3

Bal Bhagavatam

Dasavatara Stotram

Bala Bhagavatam
Tarangini 3

Chhaya Vashishtha
Divya Prasanna

Grade 4

Krishna Krishna Everywhere

Madhurashtakam and Gita Dhyanam

Best Friend Forever
Tarangini 4

Shilpi Kumar
Ram Venkataraman

Grade 5

Art of God Symbolism

Lingashtakam

Art of God Symbolism
Tarangini 5

Shruti Krishnaswamy
JP Mishra

Grade 6

Characters in

Ramayana

Nama Ramayana Stotram

Ramayana Characters
Tarangini 6

Sonia Shah
Mihir Gandhi

Grade 7

Key to Success

Kritagyata

Values in Bhagavad Gita
Tarangini 7

Jaya Kumar
Srilatha Ram

Grade 8

Yato dharma tato jaya

Guru Paduka Stotram

Mahabharatha Characters

Parag Bhalerao
Nand Kumar

Grade 9

Hindu Culture + 24 Preceptors

Margabandhu Stotram

24 Preceptors

Hari Suseendran
Indu Janardanan

Grade 10

Gita for Me (1-9)

Bhaja Govindam

Gita for Children (1-9)
Yuva Govindam

Prasad Ramnath
Ravikumar Peri

Grade 11

Gita for Me (10-18)

Ganga Stotram

Gita for Children (10-18)

Biraja Patnaik
Asha Ramachandran

Grade 12

108 Upasanas / Pledge /

Values

Tapovan Shatakam

Himalayan Hermit
Chinmaya Nama Vibhuti
We Stand as One Family

Deeptha Sukumar
Kartik Sivaraaman
Swamiji

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