Bala Vihar is a weekly gathering of children (Preschool to Grade 12/Ages 0 to Ages 18) under the supervision of trained teachers. The aim of Bala Vihar is to help children bloom, grow, and inculcate values through fun-filled activities. Bala Vihar enhances the overall development of the personality of a child at all levels – physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.

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2021-22 Bala Vihar Session Information

First Friday Session:  September 10th at 6:45 PM

First Sunday Sessions:  September 12th  at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM

Children are a major focus at Chinmaya Somnath. The goal of Bala Vihar is to “wake up the sleeping giant” in our children and inspire them to reach their maximum potential by imparting a value-based education through a specially designed age-appropriate curriculum.

The Bala Vihar program offers weekly spiritual classes for children in their formative school years (Pre K to 12). A complimentary Shishu Vihar program is offered for children ages 0 to 3.5 years. The classes are organized by age groups, start and end with Sanskrit prayers, and include chanting, bhajans, stories of devotion and morals, interactive discussions, and creative games.

The sessions are of approximately 90 minutes duration including the common assembly time, and are based on specially designed curriculum.

The idea is to provide an environment where the personality of the child blossoms in a spontaneous way. Good conduct, emotional refinement, intellectual finesse, social responsibility, and a spiritual awareness are developed by the teachers through story-telling from the Puranas and other scriptures, singing of bhajans, chanting of stotrams, games, arts and crafts, plays, and other fun-filled activities. The children are encouraged to be responsible, alert, and sensitive members of society.

Swami Chinmayananda believed that just as the strength of a wall depended on the quality of each brick, so too, the health of a society depended on the individuals. If the individuals are healthy, society is healthy. His strategy for building a new society was to “catch ’em young,” and that is what we are trying to accomplish at Chinmayam.

Chinmaya Somnath also offers additional classes and activities besides the regular Bala Vihar classes to help the children blossom and develop their multi-faceted talents.

The senior Balavihar classes provide a forum for youth where they are provided an opportunity to discuss, debate, and understand the logic of our religion and its tenets and to become aware of their potential. After having gained this awareness, their potential is directed into creative channels. The high school students are encouraged to volunteer in the community and social service activities. Additionally, different career choices are discussed along with what it takes to be a professional in those disciplines. The aim of these classes is to prepare today’s youth to be responsible and successful adults of tomorrow.

The annual session runs from September to June, parallel to the regular school calendar.

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Children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be lit. The seed of spiritual values should be sown in young hearts, and the conditions made favorable for sprouting and steady growth through proper control and discipline. It must be cared for with the warmth of love and affection, and such a tree shall blossom forth flowers of brotherhood, universal love, peace, bliss, beauty, and perfection.

Swami Chinmayananda
From the youngest Madhuram class to the Chinmayam class for high school youngsters, all Bala Vihar children participate in a variety of activities. The grade in which the child is enrolled in his/her school is the basis for placement in the appropriate Bala Vihar class.

Chinmaya Somnath Facility will be open 30 min prior to session start time to allow parents and children arrive early to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Friday PM Session – 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Timings ClassesType
6:45 pm – 8 pmPrayers & Bala Vihar ClassesIn-person
6:45 pm – 8 pmPrayers & Bhagvad Geeta ClassIn-person

Sunday AM Session – 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Timings ClassesType
9:30 am – 10:45 amPrayers & Bala Vihar ClassesIn-person
9:30 am – 10:45 amPrayers & Bhagvad Geeta ClassIn-person
10:00 am – 10:45 amShishu Vihar Class
(Ages 0 to 3.5 years)
In-person

Sunday PM Session – 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Timings ClassType
1:30 pm – 2:30 pmPrayers & Bala Vihar ClassesOnline
1:30 pm – 2:30 pmPrayers & Bhagvad Geeta ClassOnline

Sunday Enrichment Classes: Shloka, Language, Art, & Performing Art

Timings ClassType
11:15 am – 12:15 pmShloka Class In-person
11:15 am – 12:15 pmArt Class In-person
11:15 am – 12:15 pmPerforming Art ClassIn-person
11:30 am – 12:30 pmLanguage ClassesOnline
2:45 pm – 3:45 pmShloka ClassOnline

Please note following:

  1. There will not be common assembly. Children will go straight to their respective class.
  2. Children can remove shoes outside of the class and place it in a rack outside the classroom.
  3. Annapurna offering is temporarily closed for all sessions.

Important Notes For Parents!

Important Guidelines Update for In-person sessions to comply with social distancing and CDC guidelines.

2021-2022 Bala Vihar Book List

Bala Vihar Class Curriculum Childrens Book List Price
Madhuram0
Satyam (KG, Grade 1) Bala RamayanaBala Ramayana workbook7
Shivam(Grade 2, 3)Bala BhagavatamBala Bhagavatam workbook7
Sundaram(Grade 4,5) India, The Sacred LandSacred India workbook10
Shivanandam ( Grade 6,7)P.O.Box Mr.God & Vibhishana Geeta(Key to Success)Key to Success workbook5
Tapovanam (Grade 8,9)Hindu CultureHindu Culture an Introduction8
Chinmayam (Grade 10,11,12)Self UnfoldmentSelf Unfoldment by Swami Chinmayananda12
All new students will receive the Bala Vihar prayers book and a notebook

Optional Book List for BalaVihar

Bala Vihar ClassOptional Book ListPrice
Madhuram/SatyamKrishna Loves you
Krishna (Butter bash, Invisible friend, Rocks, Photocopies)
Go Hanuman Go
Hanuman Big Gig
Shiva Shiva Namah Shivaya – $8
Shiva’s Fish Swish
Ganesh Goes to Party
Ganesha Mouscapade
Boogie woogie Ganesha
My Prayers
8
6 each
8
8
8
8
4
7
7
5
Shivam/ SundaramTarangini Series
Tell me a Story Color Series
Bala Vihar Guru Devs tales
Bala Ramayan
Bala Bhagavatam
Amar Chitra Katha of Swamiji
6
6
3
6
6
2
ShivanandamConflicts and Confusion
Why do we
Not too Loose, .. Tight, Just Right
Victorious Youth
2
2
2
2
TapovanamStorm to Perform
Ageless guru
Hindu culture an Introduction
Transforming Indians to transform India
Journey of a Master
Hinduism Frequently asked questions
5
6
8
10
10
5
ChinmayamSrimad Bhagavad Gita
Say Cheese
Self-Unfoldment AS17
We Must
Gita for Children
5
4
10
12
3
5

*** CMWRC follows the CDC, State and Local (Fairfax County – for Chinmaya Somnath) health department recommended guidelines, therefore, if the CDC or State or the County of Fairfax guidelines change, the in-person classes will be converted to online classes in compliance with the changed regulations/guidelines for the remaining duration of Bala Vihar classes. ***

We expect all children and parents to follow the rules of conduct!

Please review [*] marked rules very carefully. Failure to comply may result in your family being transferred to an online session and will not be allowed for in-person until the COVID restrictions are totally relaxed.

Every family, whether with children or without, whether an existing member or a new applicant for Annual Pledge and Balavihar Registration Pledge, is required to register (please check these helpful instructions) using the Online Registration System. A child may not be enrolled without his/her parent’s enrollment and participation in the Adult Classes. Please note that at least one parent is required to attend the Adult Class while the children are in Bala Vihar. Children CANNOT be left at the Mission premises without a parent.

To participate in the  Bala Vihar program, students should be entering grades Pre-K to 12. Pre-K students should be toilet trained and at least three years old as of September 1, enrolling year.

Please register early to increase the likelihood of being assigned to your first-choice session. Admission and session assignments will be confirmed to you by early August.

Only children enrolled in Bala Vihar are eligible to enroll in Performing Arts and Language classes. Students must be at least 6 years of age as of September of the current enrolling year. Registered adult members can enroll in select Performing Arts classes subject to availability of seats after admitting children. Select Language and Performing Arts classes are available for enrollment for non-members as well. Click here for more details on membership and eligibility.

Chinmaya Mission reserves the right to accept or reject admission requests. For admission and session assignment, we recommend early registration. Session assignment is on a first-come basis and subject to capacity limitations (class sizes, Hall Capacity, Parking Lot Capacity, etc.)

Books can be bought through book stores at the Chinmaya Mission centers. In some cases, books can be ordered through the Chinmayam Publications website.

For cancellations of registrations on or before September 30, a full refund of the pledge amount will be given. The Mission will not refund any credit card processing fee incurred by the registrant. A family canceling registration after September 30 will not be entitled to any refund of the pledges paid. For late registrants after September 30, will have 15 days from the date of registration for cancellation with a 50% refund. Thereafter, no refund will be made.

The family’s contact information provided to the Mission will be used only for internal purposes. If any of this information is to be used in flyers, websites, or other publicity material, we will do so only with your permission. From time to time, for publicity purposes, CMWRC will publish photos taken at different Mission sessions or events, without identifying the family members. If we have to identify, we will do so only with your prior permission.

Sevaks (volunteers) are critical to the operation of the chapter and programs.  Chinmaya Mission is a volunteer-run organization. Every member is highly encouraged to serve the mission in their area of interest, based on their skills and expertise.  Selfless dedicated service is the foundation for spiritual growth.  Any amount of time and commitment offered in Seva is welcome.

When registering, please ensure that you provide a current and accurate e-mail address. Please log in and update information promptly if there is any change to your contact e-mail or home address. Most communications between CMWRC and its members, including weather-related cancellations, are handled via e-mail.

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