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We would like to welcome you & your family to our Chinmaya family.
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Classes are currently conducted every Sunday at:
Indian American Cultural Center
8605 Merrillville Road, Merrillville, IN 46410

The greatest boon given by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda to the younger generation is Balavihar. Balavihar provides a spiritual and cultural orientation to the children of the modern age. The rationale of the Balavihars as elucidated by Pujya Gurudev in the "March of the future" talk is summarized below:

  • To train the children and inculcate in them the reverence for our ancient culture, and inspire them to live up to it with correct understanding.
  • To create self-confidence to serve and act cheerfully.
  • To generate a true affection in all contacts, inculcate personal discipline and a true spirit of leadership.
  • To mould their capacity to express and assert their individuality.
  • To bring out their dormant faculties and detect defects; cultivate and improve their creative abilities.
  • To help children to develop a healthy resistance against temptations in the atmosphere in which they grow.
  • To provide an atmosphere to grow with noble ideals, healthy emotions and physical discipline.
  • What is the Balavihar?

    In Balavihar, the rich cultural heritage of India, including its teachings on moral values, is taught to children and youth at different levels, using the medium of stories, drama, arts and crafts, and discussion. Children are also taught popular Bhajans and Shlokas. Chinmaya Mission centers have become models for teaching India"s rich spiritual heritage and the fundamentals of Vedanta to the next generation. The Balavihars are organized into grades which match the grade of the child in school. Each of the grades caters to the age group of the child. The grades range from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.

    Balavihar - Program for Children

    "In the autobiography of an individual, he moves from the lap of the mother into the ‘courtyard of his house’ and from there, onto the ‘playing field’. If at this juncture we can flood him with noble ideas that are expressed in the scriptures, inspire him with the moral and ethical values illustrated in the Puranas, he will grow up to be a healthy, strong, courageous, disciplined, self-confident, self-reliant individual". -- Swami Chinmayananda

    Thank you for joining us & look forward to seeing you all next Sunday.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me or Suchitaji anytime.

    May Gurudev"s blessings be with us all.

    Padmini Makam
    President, Chinmaya Mission NWIndiana
    219 322 7268 /219 808 3431

    Suchita Shah @ 219 924 7105 /219 614 1106