Our Classes

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not holding classes at any physical location at the present time.
 
We invite you to please contact us if you are interested in our virtual classes which we are holding throughout the summer.  (The information for these classes is not being published on our website at present)
 

We will provide more information as it becomes available.
Hope you are staying safe!

 

What is Balavihar?

Class Schedules

Kindergarten to Grade 3

Grades 4 and 5

Grades 6 through 8

Grades 9 through 12

Adult Study Group

Weekday Geeta Classes



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.

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Class Schedules:

Please note that we are not holding our classes at any physical location at the present time.  Please contact us if you are interested in our current virtual classes, all held through Zoom sessions.

Information for September 2020 classes will be provided when available 


Balavihar Main Session
(*All classes happen during this session unless noted below*)

Venue:

Zoom™ session (please email us for details)

Date: Every Sunday during regular school year
(unless otherwise noted on schedule)
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Click here for this year’s schedule
Please make sure to print and fill out our registration form.

Highschool Students Session
(class held outside of Balavihar main session)

Venue: Zoom™ session
(please email us for details)
Dates: Every Monday from Sept to June
Time: 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Weekday Geeta Class
(class held outside of Balavihar main session)

Venue: Zoom™ session
(please email us for details)
Dates: Every Wednesday from Sept to June
Time: 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Kindergarten to Grade 3:


Syllabus: Garden of Life

Classes held on Sundays during regular Balavihar session

Radhika Krishnakumar made a series of books when she taught Balavihar
This series of books makes a child blossom with the Values of Life through stories, arts and crafts and thinking skills.
Some values with stories will touch on:

  • Honesty
  • Manners
  • Love of home life and school life
  • Kindness to the world around

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Grades 4 and 5:

 

Syllabus: Shiv Mahima

Classes held on Sundays during regular Balavihar session

Shiva Mahima is the glory of Lord Shiva
The Trinity is a way for us to understand the One Supreme Being.
With this book, the children will understand the symbolism of Lord Shiva along with stories and chanting.

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Grades 6 through 8:

Syllabus: Ramayana Characters

Classes held on Sundays during regular Balavihar session

Rama’s story is world renowned.

The Ramayana is considered a book of values. From this great epic, children will learn:

  • Life’s values
  • Emotions toward family, friends and society
  • Duty
  • Admiration of nature
  • To live with honesty and dignity
  • To serve society with pride

Teachers will speak of the different characters in the Ramayana with stories from this great epic

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Grades 9 through 12:

Syllabus: Old Path, White Clouds

Classes Held on Monday Nights, 8:30-9:30 pm

This is a story of the Life of Gautama Buddha through the eyes of a buffalo shepherd called Svasti

There are many teachings that the youth can take from this book in the form of a story of Buddha’s during his 80 years.

 

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Adult Study Group:

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Syllabus: “Atma Bodh”

Classes held on Sundays during regular Balavihar session

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

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Geeta Classes:

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Syllabus: “The Holy Bhagvad Geeta (lectures by Swami Chinmayananda)”

Classes Held on Wednesday nights form 8:30 to 9:30 pm

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.

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