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CHINMAYA MISSION CHICAGO YAMUNOTRI

A SCHOOL OF VEDANTIC STUDIES

 

Our Motto: To Give Maximum Happiness To Maximum People For Maximum Time

We have so much to do and so little time and are constantly in a rush.  At the end of the day, we all want to be HAPPY! So how do we get there? 

Chinmaya Mission addresses this and similar questions of life by learning under the guidance of Gurus who are well-trained under a well-established lineage of Spiritual Masters. The life-changing knowledge from our scriptures with practical means for personal growth and opportunities are provided for Children & Adults on Saturdays & Sundays from September to June (school year).

We sow the seeds of values & character in children starting at a very young age while learning about Hindu culture. The Bala Vihar / Shishu Vihar classroom teaching curriculum is age appropriate from pre-school to High School in ENGLISH

Bhagavad Gita Discourses & Discussion study groups are offered for adults at the same time the children are in Bala Vihar classes. Whether you are action-oriented (karma yoga),  devotional (bhakti yoga), or exploring knowledge (jnana yoga), there is a path for your family's spiritual development and growth at Chinmaya Mission!

Contributions

Check out how you can contribute to our non-profit organization towards our mission/vision to help our community grow spiritually!

Experience a class

Not sure what/how Yamunotri can help your entire family? Want to see what exactly is offered before signing up for the whole school year?

Bala Vihar / Shishu Vihar

Sign up your children (toddlers through 12th grade). Adult study groups, Bhagavad Gita discourses, cultural programs, etc. are included as part of the program.

Upcoming Events

We value our community and welcome you to join us with your family & friends!

CMW GitaFest 2024

Gita Fest 2024

For all Chinmaya Mission Members

May 18 (State Finals); Jul 6-7 (National Finals)

Bhajan Sandhya 2024-07 - online

Bhajan Sandhya

Come and spend few blissful moments singing bhajans with our Swami ji and everyone !!

 

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Parenting Retreat

Immersive all-inclusive Weekend Retreat on CARING for our LOVED ONES!

Aug 23 - 25th, 2024

Our Programs

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR TOP CLASSES 

 

Bala Vihar 2023-24 - Online-1

Bala Vihar Classes

Secular knowledge from schools and colleges prepare our children for Standard of Life and leaves a big gap in Standard of Living. Balavihar program, designed by Swami Chinmayananda, encourages the kids to do their best at school while inculcating the knowledge and practices to navigate through Life’s diverse experiences. The teachings are from age-appropriate pre-Kg to High School curriculum. 

Shishu Vihar 2023-24 - Online

Shishu Vihar Classes

Prahlad learned devotion to Lord Narayana in his Mother’s womb. Children are sponges and are impressionable when they are toddlers. Shishu vihar program is for young children (not ready for Balavihar) to sow the seeds for becoming good Balavihar students.  We try to “Catch them Young”.

Indian Language Classes 2023-24 - Online (1)

Indian Language Classes

There is something intimate and satisfying about communicating in our Mother tongue. Our children are immersed in English and often do not have opportunities to learn an Indian language. We bridge this gap by providing opportunities to learn Hindi and Tamil.  This is one more way we bring India closer to us.

SAT-ACT Classes 2024 Fall - Online-1

SAT - ACT Classes

The 2024 session is scheduled to begin in mid-September, with class registration opening in June 2024. Stay tuned for further details and updates. 

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“The tragedy of human history is decreasing happiness in the midst of increasing comforts.” --Swami Chinmayananda

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Testimonials

"Chinmaya Mission education has provided me with the knowledge of who I am or the self and what my ultimate goal in life should be. My goal is now to abide in this and practice living it daily."

Rakhi K, Lake Forest
Parent, Study Group Member

I grew up attending Chinmaya Mission when I was a child and throughout my college years what I learned there was something so incredibly valuable that acted as my moral compass and guiding light throughout my 20’s. 

 Once I had children and they were old enough to attend Bala Vihar, I knew it was a gift that I wanted to give them. Despite our busy lives, attending Chinmaya has become a non-negotiable activity for not only my kids but also my husband, Ross, and I.

The Sevaks/Sevikas are kind and welcoming and we have really appreciated being a part of a like-minded, uplifting spiritual community. 

 

Archana S, Palatine
Parent, Study Group Member

I have been part of the Yamunotri family for the past 5 years. Our entire family feels blessed to be part of it. The kids look forward to the Bala Vihaar classes and my wife and I enjoy the time teaching, volunteering & participating in the spiritual & cultural activities. 

Himanshu V, Barrington
Parent, Sevak