Chinmaya Bala Vihar

Bala Vihar for Children and Teenagers 

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Every Sunday 4:00pm to 5:30pm 

Classes for 2017-18 academic year commences on Sunday, September 24th 2017.

Venue: Jack Chambers Public School, 1650 Hastings Drive, London, ON. (Enter via Parking Lot on South side of School)

Bala Vihar Guidelines & Expectations document

**NEW** this year – “Shishu Vihar” for Children 2 years to 3 years of age, every Sunday.

        “Children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be lit” – Swami Chinmayananda

What is Bala Vihar ?

Chinmaya Mission’s Bala Vihar is a cultural & spiritual value-based education program for students ages four to seventeen, striving to create balanced and integrated individuals, who will contribute positively to the society. Chinmaya Bala Vihars have been teaching children for the last 60 years in 400 centres worldwide. In North America alone, 16,000 students attend Bala Vihar every week, in its various cities.

  • Vision    : Unleash every child’s infinite potential and capacity.
  • Mission : To help children Learn Values with fun, to delight like the moon And shine like the sun.
  • Motto    : Keep smiling !!

Chinmaya Mission’s Balavihar program rests upon the above assertions. The program is designed to channel energy, enthusiasm and curiosity of a child’s young mind in the right direction to help the child develop a strong character, identity & pride in his or her cultural roots such that he or she can relate with ease to any person or be the master of any situation they face.

This goal of building a strong foundation is accomplished by:

  • Teaching the fundamentals of Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism.
  • Inculcating values, morals, and ethics as described in our scriptures.
  • Instilling mutual respect & discipline.

Our trained sevaks & sevikas impart knowledge in a safe, loving & fun environment through various different activities such as games, stories, drama, music, arts and crafts, discussions, and hands-on class projects.


What is Shishu Vihar ?

Shishu Vihar is for children age group 2 to 3 year of age, where they are introduced to spiritual education at an early stage prior to Bala Vihar. Child should be accompanied by one parent in class. Children learn through songs, stories, arts, crafts in play groups. For effective learning outcomes several props, music and extensive use of colours, shapes and forms are utilised to relay information to the children in this class. The spiritual growth of these children will transition into Bala Vihar at the age of 4 years. Young parents of children are welcome to come check it out on Sundays at Jack Chambers Public School, from 4pm to 5pm – same time as our regular Sunday programs.


How does Bala Vihar work ?

Starting the 1st Sunday after Labour Day in September our Bala Vihar session will commence with weekly classes for 1.5 hours taught by trained Sevaks & Sevikas.


What will Bala Vihar Students learn ?

Students learn from a structured syllabus and text books, developed by Acharyas and Swamis with decades of experience in the pursuit of knowledge of the self, study of Vedanta, living it, teaching it and reflecting on it. For each age, children have a designated textbook. In London, for the academic year 2017-2018 children are divided into five classes based on their age groups shown below and are currently learning from the text books given below

  • J-K to Grade 1 : Students learn from Grade 1 text –  Bala Ramayana” .

Children in this class learn about the life of Sri Rama through Ramayana.  Divided into 35  chapters the text deals with the life and journey of Sri Rama from his birth to his growing/learning at a Gurukul, his exile, battle in Lanka and return to Ayodhya. Sri Rama’s virtues are showcased through stories, activities and games, that is appropriate for this age group.

  • Riddles & Games are also used to teach the topic of the day.
  • Meditation & Quiet Time (including Japa)
  • Opening and closing prayers from the Rig Veda









Grade 2 to Grade 3 : Students learn from Grade 3 text – “Sri Hanuman the Super Super Man” .

Children in this class will learn how to ” have a backbone like a ruler and rule the world”. They will learn Hanuman ji’s qualities of courage, strength, fearlessness, honesty, of being articulate etc etc that made him a Super Super Man through stories, games, discussions and explanation of the 40 verses  of Hanuman Chalisa. They also learn to recite the Hanuman Chalisa, along with Japa and meditation.

  • Riddles & Games are also used to teach the topic of the day.
  • Meditation & Quiet Time (including Japa)
  • Opening and closing prayers from the Rig Veda









  • Grade 4 to Grade 5 : Students learn from Grade 3 text – “My 24 Teachers” 

Dattëtreya, a wandering saint, lived in the kingdom of Yadu. The king had
noticed the blissful appearance of this saint. The king wanted to know the secret
of the saint’s happiness and therefore approached him. Dattëtreya said, “O noble
king, I have roamed freely on the earth and have learned the art of living from
my twenty-four teachers. What I have learned from them, I will tell you; listen
carefully.” The saint, then described his twenty-four teachers from whom he learned
the art of living happily in the world which is given in the eleventh chapter of
Bhagavatam. Children learn the 11th chapter of Bhagvatam with this book.

  • Riddles & Games are also used to teach the topic of the day.
  • Meditation & Quiet Time (including Japa)
  • Opening and closing prayers from the Rig Veda












  • Grade 6 to Grade 8: Learn from text “Symbolism in Hinduism

Symbolism in hINDUISMChildren in this class learn what is a symbol and why have them?  Why does Lord Ganesh have big ears and why does He travel on a mouse? Why does Lord Shiva have Mother Ganga flowing from his hair?  Our scriptures are filled with hidden gems of knowledge, and these treasures are unlocked as children explore the deeper meaning behind all that they see in Hinduism.  All these symbols are of the one Lord who pervades all and teaches us to live a life of harmony, fulfillment, and happiness.  The children will be able to actually teach their parents about the meaning of our religion. In addition children take part in –

  • Riddles & Games are also used to teach the topic of the day.
  • Meditation & Quiet Time (including Japa)
  • Opening and closing prayers from the Rig Veda




  • Grade 9 to Grade 12: Learn from the Text “Yato Dharmah Tato Jayah”  

In this curriculum High School children learn “Where there is Krishna, there is Dharma, and where there is Dharma, there is victory”. To be victorious, we must know how to act (karma) and live by Dharma.
This sagely-wise advice constitute the core essence of this curriculum. Through presentations, discussions, activities, students will learn what constitutes Dharma & Karma and how they can apply it in their lives to be successful at school, home and relationships.

  • Riddles & Games are also used to teach the topic of the day.
  • Meditation & Quiet Time (including Japa)
  • Opening and closing prayers from the Rig Veda












How will Bala Vihar students benefit?

  • Individuals learn to awaken their inner potential – self development.
  • Spiritual awareness and cultural acumen.
  • Good conduct and character.
  • An appreciation and commitment for noble values.
  • An integrated personality


What are the responsibilities of Parents?

  • Continue to consistently bring your child to Bala Vihar.
  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of Bala Vihar giving your child enough time to settle-in.
  • Take interest and ask your child what he/she learnt in the class.
  • Help and encourage your child to practice the learning.
  • Share stories, have discussions with your child about Sanatana Dharma


Is there a registration fee and why ?

  • Yes, this year (2017-18) we are introducing a registration fee of $200 per family per year.
  • This works out to $5 per class, per family for the whole year.
  • This is to help us try and meet cost of school rental and other basic operating costs, in London.
  • This can be paid by cheque (payable to Chinmaya Mission) or cash, during class.
  • To support our new immigrant families, parents who may be on Ontario Works or ODSP or going through financial challenges or challenging family situation- please contact any one of our Sevaks or email us and we will be happy to consider an exception for the registration fee.

Participation by a parent in study of Vedanta simultaneously,  instead of parental sermon has been observed to yield better self-development results and commitment among our children. Keeping this in mind we have a parallel, Adult study group allowing the whole family to grow together. Participation in the Adult study group by parents is STRONGLY recommended.

How can I enroll my child in Bala Vihar? Register Here for our classes or Contact Us or call us at 226 376 6472 or just drop in  to check out our classes at the venue mentioned above, on any Sunday afternoon