Children and teens
“Children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be lit.” – Swami Chinmayananda
BalVihar classes provide spiritual and cultural orientation to children of the modern age. Swami Chinmayananda created the BalVihar system to enable parents to raise children with a reverence for Indian culture, to create self-confidence and inspire children to serve and act cheerfully. BalVihar provides children an atmosphere to grow with noble ideals and fulfill their potential.
Who conducts BalVihar classes?
Trained volunteers (sevaks) conduct interactive and fun value education classes drawing from timeless Indian Scripture (Mahabharata, Bhagavatam, Puranas and the Ramayana), Vedic philosophy and other facets of Hindu culture.
What is covered in BalVihar classes?
The stories, games, celebration of festivals and creative activities enable children to connect with Indian culture in an engaging way. The Sanskrit prayers, bhajans and chanting give them a solid grounding in Hindu culture and the eternal values presented in story form are drawn from the vast gamut of Indian Scripture.
Importance of Bal Vihar
Character-building begins in childhood, but given the fast pace of life, the absence of the ancient gurukula system and the decline of joint family-living, children of Indian heritage are rarely exposed to the beauty and greatness of Indian culture. BalVihar offers a modern day alternative in which loving sevaks and sevikas teach children what they ought to know in a fun way with the love of a parent, the doting of a grandparent and the discipline of a teacher.
Chinmaya Mission spreads the eternal and universal philosophy of life contained with the Bhagavad Geeta and the Upanishads, so children are introduced to Vedanta at BalVihar classes. In teaching the universal philosophy of Oneness (Advaita Vedanta), children are led to understand that while Hindu culture may appear to have many Gods, the Truth (God) is the one ultimate Reality, and thus it is one God appearing as many forms, as all things, as beings, and as the entire universe.
JUNIOR CHYK (13-17 YEARS)
Junior CHYK weekly classes provide an opportunity for teenagers to explore issues that affect their everyday lives with experienced co-ordinators based on the timeless values contained within Indian philosophy. They also meet with other youth groups, enjoy cultural celebrations and participate in community work.
Topics such as peer pressure, relationships, higher education and choice of career are addressed through discussion, debate and interactive workshops and the principles enshrined within Hinduism are brought to life through their application to these very real problems and dilemmas.
Exposure to values from the Scriptures equip teenagers not only to face life, but to tap into their inner, infinite potential to become dynamic young men and women of integrity.
As part of Junior CHYK, Chinmaya Mission UK offers the Hinduism GCSE for students aged 13-17 years. The classes last 1.5 hours and are geared towards students obtaining a fully recognised GCSE in Hinduism as well as supporting the content of the Religious Studies and Philosophy GCSE. In 2013, nearly all our GCSE Hinduism students achieved either an A or A*.
Become a Bal Vihar or Junior CHYK teacher
Sevaks/sevikas (teachers and administrators) learn the art of living in a loving, nurturing environment of discipline, where their personalities spontaneously blossom on physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual levels. Through absorbing the stories, games and songs, Sevaks and Sevikas are given the opportunity to grow themselves. If you are interested in becoming a Bal Vihar or Junior CHYK teacher please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinmaya Kids website
Check out this wonderful site that contains stories, interactive games, activities, bhajans, slokas and much more for children and parents: http://www.chinmayakids.org
Bal Vihar Magazine
Subscribe to a wonderful monthly magazine for children with the right mix of values, fun and humour: http://www.chinmayamission.com/magazine-balvihar.php
Subscribe to Chinmaya Udghosh, a magazine for young hearts (13-25 years), empowering them towards dynamism and excellence in expression through thought provoking articles, cartoons etc: http://www.chinmayamission.com/magazine-chinmayaudghosh.php
Contact us for more information about Bal Vihar and Junior CHYK in the UK including regular class information, term dates, fees and upcoming camps and activities.
Name: Roushika Gawne
Tel: 07812 146 428