Children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be lit.
- Swami Chinmayananda
We are very excited to start another year of Chinmaya Bala Vihar® (and the many associated programs). Our session runs every year from September to May, and it's never too late to join even if classes have already begun. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW FOR 2020-21.
Due to COVID, all programs are held virtually using Zoom. Whether by Zoom or in person, we are confident of having a high-quality program. Our teachers are fortunately well-versed in virtual meeting techniques. We hope that you and your children will enjoy the experience of Bala Vihar and the family that is Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh.
We started with 25 students in 2008 at one site. Last year, we had nearly 400 registered students. Our exponential growth has been possible by the grace of the Almighty Lord, the blessings of our Gurus, and steadfast support from Chinmaya Family members like YOU.
New this year - ADULT-ONLY registration
In response to several requests, we have created a new registration option for adult-only registration. CMP is not just for children - we have many activities for adults. If you or a spouse is attending without any enrolled children, you will see a donation option of $100 for the year. This is a great option for adults who want to attend the adult discourse and/or participate in Yoga.
Chinmaya Program Offerings
Bala Vihar Classes
The Bala Vihar classes will be held from 10:15 am to 12 pm, every Sunday. Our Assembly, which is for the entire family, will run from 10:15 to 11 am. The children's classes will run from 11 am to 12 pm. When the kids are in their classes, parents can participate in the Parent Satsanga.
We believe that Spiritual growth is for the entire family and not just for the children. With that thought, we would like to make Sunday Bala Vihar a family affair, and we run a Satsanga for all the adults during the Bala Vihar class time - 11 am to 12 pm. The Parent Satsanga will consist of discourses on Bhagvad Gita, one of the great texts of world religion.
We will be offering language classes prior to the start of Bala Vihar classes every Sunday. The timings are set from 9 am to 10 am. However, some language teachers may choose to have different times (e.g. 9:15 or 9:30 am start time).
SAT (Math and English):
We have also identified SAT teachers, and those SAT classes run from 9:00-10:00 am
Please note: Because language classes and SAT run at the same time, any given student can only sign up for either a single language or SAT. Unfortunately, it is not possible to choose multiple languages or a language and SAT.
Yogasana for Parents:
In order to make good use of the parents' time when the kids are in SAT & language classes, we will be having a Yogasana session from 9:00-10:00 am on Sundays.
Swaranjali (Bhajan singing)
We are also pleased to announce that we will be continuing with Swaranjali (Bhajan singing) for adults and children. This will be between 10:00 am to 10:15 am and will be led by our Swaranjali volunteers.
If you wish to offer your seva and volunteer in any capacity, please feel free to mention that to your Bala Vihar coordinators.
Summary of the Schedule
9 am to 10 am - Language Classes for kids AND interested adults
9 am to 10:15 am - SAT Classes for kids
9 am to 10 am - Yoga for adults
10:00 am to 10:15 am - Swaranjali for EVERYONE
10:15 am to 11 am - Assembly for EVERYONE
11 am to 12 pm - Bala Vihar Classes for kids
11 am to 12 pm - Satsang for adults
12 pm to 1 pm - Lunch for EVERYONE
Our program is possible only because of the generous support of member families. Everyone at Chinmaya Mission of Pittsburgh is a volunteer, and no one receives any salary. However, we have to pay for rent, utilities, and supplies, to name a few expenses.
The minimum donation for families to participate in CMP programs is $200 per year. This amounts to approximately $5/class. The donation is tax deductible. Many families in the past have generously donated significantly more, and we humbly encourage them to continue to do so. Enrolled families can participate in Bala Vihar, SAT, Language classes, Swaranjali (bhajan singing), Yoga class, and the Parent Satsang without any additional charge. The SAT class no longer has a separate fee.
CMP is committed to the teaching of Vedantic value to all families, regardless of financial means. Therefore, the minimum donation will be reduced or waived for ANY family that makes a request on the basis of financial constraints. Please email or contact your local administrative coordinator (Monroeville: ; North Hills: ; South Hills: )