What is Balavihar?
“Our children are our joy. No amount of effort put in or time given to them can be considered enough. Our efforts, however, ought to be in the right direction and the time given must be quality time. It is found children reluctantly respond to formal schooling and traditional methods of learning, whereas, they are ever ready for games and sports.”
Recognizing this, Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda initiated Balavihar classes. Its objectives can be summed up in the following statement:
‘To help children learn values with fun; to delight like the moon and shine like the sun! ‘
Chinmaya worldwide has been conducting Balavihar classes for many years. Balavihar is…
- A group where children meet for 90 minutes each week to learn about the Hindu culture, traditions and stories,
- A place where children learn high ideals and stories from Hindu scriptures taught in the form of stories, arts and crafts and drama,
- Where children and teenagers from ages 4 – 18 years learn chanting of Bhagawad Geeta and Upanishads,
- A group that have special outings to celebrate India’s great festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi and Deepavali, and
- Where plain fun is all about learning Santana Dharma.
Venue and Schedule:
|Venue:||Community Living North Halton,
917-B Nipissing Road, Milton ON L9T 5E3
|Date:|| Every Sunday during regular school year
(except as otherwise noted on schedule)
|Time:||10:00 am – 11:30 am|
(class held outside of main Balavihar session)
(please email us for details)
|Dates:||Every Tuesday during regular school year|
|Time:||8:30 pm – 10:00 pm|
Kindergarten to Grade 1:
Syllabus: “Amar Chitra Katha magazines”
Also known as “Immortal Pictorial Stories”, our teachers will wow the young ones with stories from the Amar Chitra katha comics/magazines. Children will see the stories and become spell bound as they see and hear the stories come to life.
Parents at first, stay in class with their children, but with confidence that gradually builds in the children, the parent has a chance to attend his/her own class at the same time.
Children will play games, learn fun bhajans, and be involved with arts and crafts.
Grades 2 through 4:
Syllabus: “Saints of India and the West”
Saints all over world have made a great impact on Humanity as a whole. From the early ones such as Ramana Maharishi to the modern ones, like Mother Teresa, they have impacted the Hindu faith and the world with their philosophy and social work.
The children will also learn about Western heroes like Martin Luther King Jr. and George Fox.
The idea is to show the child the nature and quality of a saint, no matter where they are in the world. They are leaders, ready to give up everything to fight for causes that are good by utilising prayer, forgiveness, fortitude and love.
Grades 5 through 7:
Syllabus: “Mahabharata Characters”
This epic narrative comprises characters that became a large part of Indian history. Pregnant with stories and philosophy that are part of the Indian traditions and religion, this book will show both the good (the Pandavas) and bad characters (the Kauravas) of this epic to this age group, leaving them wondering and questioning their teachers with incredible insight for both the teacher and the taught.
Discussions of the stories will lead to philosophical work such as goal setting for life and a synopsis of the Bhagawad Geeta
Grades 8 through 12:
Syllabus: “Say Cheese: Witty Wisdom” and “Rivers of India”
To lighten and start the 2019-2020 session, this group of students will learn about the Rivers of India. Geographically being able to place these great rivers and knowing the history, story and philosophy behind it, the children will then move on to:
The book “Say Cheese” has rudimentary concepts of Vedanta getting bright minds into goal-setting, single-pointed focus to action for a better future in adulthood.
Adult Study Group:
Syllabus: “Atma Bodh”
This text written by Adi Shankara reveals to the seeker the nature about Atman or Self. In order to bring home the true nature and description of the Self, Adi Shankara uses illustrations through sixty-eight verses to bring home the point.
Chinmaya Study Groups are for the sincere student who want to learn and to reflect on the Hindu scriptures. They were formed for like-minded seekers to come together to read and discuss spiritual texts providing the group as a whole with inspiration and with ideas shared between each other. The goal is to practice mananam (reflection) through group discussion
Geeta Classes (weekday evenings):
Syllabus: “The Holy Bhagvad Geeta (lectures by Swami Chinmayananda)”
CHinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK) is comprised of university students and young professionals who are pursuing a life of self-study and self-growth with weekly gatherings
In these 90-minute sessions, the group first listens to Swami Chinmayananda expound on verses from the Bhagavad Geeta for one hour, and then spend the rest of the time discussing what was seen and heard.
Note that these classes takes place outside of the regular Sunday Balavihar days. See above for day and times.
Due to this group in a state of flux with university/career obligations, we urge you to contact us directly if you are interested.