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Hari Om Bala Vihar

Chinmaya Kids logo"Children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be lit." ~ Swami Chinmayananda

Chinmaya Mission's Bala Vihar program is geared to helping children channelize their abundant energy and exuberant enthusiasm in the right direction. The purpose of Chinmaya Bala Vihar is not just to impart religious education, but to help the children develop self-confidence in their own identity, so they can relate with ease to any person or situation.

This is accomplished by:

  • Building a strong foundation by imparting the fundamentals of Hindu beliefs 
  • Introducing them to the richness and diversity of Hindu culture
  • Inculcating values, morals, and ethics as described in our scriptures, through stories, games, discussions, arts and crafts, and other age-appropriate methods

A glimpse into our Bala Vihar world and children...

Our Vision
To unleash every child's infinite potential and capacity.

Our Mission
By applying Vedantic knowledge, our mission is to foster inquiring, caring and knowledgeable individuals who will build a more peaceful and beautiful world by demonstrating mutual tolerance, understanding and respect.
Shishu Vihar, Bala Vihar and Yuva Kendra Program – For children 1.5 to 18 years. How does Bala Vihar work?

At Chinmaya Mission Toronto, we offer a weekly structured program for toddlers, children, teenagers and parents, geared towards right thinking, correct judgement, and the necessary courage and heroism to live up to those firm values and convictions. Over time, families imbibe the timeless principles of sanatana dharma, inculcate our culture, build inspired friendships and develop a lifelong bond with the scriptures – all in an atmosphere fostered by selfless seva and unconditional love

  • Our Bala Vihar program involves bringing together a group of families once a week, at the ashram , for 2 hours, for the sole purpose of learning our precious culture, spiritual wisdom, and related values through age-appropriate learning.
  • The program is organized so that children aged 1.5 to 4 are in the Shishu Vihar program (with at least one parent in class), children aged 5-12 are in the Bala Vihar program and children aged 13-17 are in the Junior Yuva Kendra Program. Each program is divided by age and academic school grades. While children are in class, parents attend Vedanta classes.
  • The values of Sanatana Dharma which are found in the holy scriptures such as the Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta, Upanishads, Epics and Puranas, are taught in our program. These values help the children develop into responsible citizens of tomorrow.
  • Children’s classes 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. Parents’ classes are conducted by our spiritual teachers.
  • The high ideals and values from our great scriptures are taught in the form of stories, games, quizzes, crafts, bhajans, hymns, shlokas, skits, dances, and many more creative techniques!
What do children learn?
  • The stories, symbolism and values as taught in the MAHABHARATA, RAMAYANA AND BHAGAWAD GEETA.
  • Reverence for religion, culture and spiritual tradition.
  • Teachings and Biographies of saints and visionaries.
  • Chanting of sacred shlokas, singing of bhajans, learning how to perform a puja.
  • What is my true identity?
  • What is my relationship with God?
  • What is my relationship with the world?
  • Symbolism in Hinduism.
How do children benefit?
They develop:

  • Spiritual awareness and cultural acumen.
  • Good conduct and character 
  • An appreciation and commitment for noble values
  • An integrated personality
  • Individuals learn to awaken their inner potential
Bala Vihar and Yuva Kendra programs shape the model citizens of tomorrow.