We have Balavihars in Troy, Novi, Ann Arbor, Canton, and Lansing.
All Classes will resume after Labor Day Weekend. Have a great summer!!!
Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor Balavihar Timings and Locations:
Troy - Saturdays 9:30 - 11:00 AM - Bharatiya Temple of Troy, 6850 N Adams Road, Troy, MI 48098
Novi - Saturdays 3:00 - 4:30 PM - Parkview Elementary, 45825 Eleven Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48374
Ann Arbor - Sundays 10:00 - 11:30 AM - Chinmaya Avantika, 4760 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Canton - Sundays 1:30 - 3:00 PM - Hindu Temple of Canton, 44955 Cherry Hill Road, Canton, MI 48188
Lansing - Sundays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM - Bharatiya Temple of Lansing, 955 Haslett Road, Haslett, MI 48840
Bala Vihar is a forum through which children learn about many aspects of Hindu culture and philosophy. Children are taught according to their level of understanding. The very little ones (age 2 and above) learn about the Gods through simple bhajans, stories, and coloring. As they get older, they start learning values through songs, moral stories, games, arts and crafts, and the Balavihar Alphabet. Next, they are introduced to the Ramayan, Bhagavatam, and Mahabharat. An emphasis is placed on character analyses so as to develop ideal role models for the children. Along with this, the children celebrate all the religious and cultural festivals, and learn about their significance. Here they get into the symbolism in Hinduism, including that of all the rituals, Gods, Om, etc. At this point, they begin to learn the practical applications of the moral and ethical values (i.e. from the Bhagavad Geeta) in their daily lives. Then, when they reach high school, they are taught through discussions about the philosophical aspects of Hinduism, or Vedanta. After completing the full course, the children are then trained to be Bala Vihar Sevaks (group leaders). Finally, they become teachers, inspiring the younger generations, and strengthening their own understanding.
While the children are in their respective classes, the parents attend a session of their own. Here, the parents have the opportunity to discuss issues that arise when raising children in America. The adults also learn the basic philosophies of Hindu Dharma through the Bhagavad Geeta, enabling them to reinforce the Bala Vihar teachings at home.
The Chinmaya method of teaching has been repeatedly proven to work in Bala Vihars around the world. Children who go through the course not only learn all the values fundamental to Hindu beliefs, but also know how to apply them to their day-to-day challenges. These kids are able to successfully resolve their identities in this dual culture and go on to be strong leaders with integrity and pride in their rich heritage.