Bala Vihar Sessions:
Session 1: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 2: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Yamunotri is about 19,000 sq ft and has two floors. The entrance is on the east side of the building.
The Main floor includes the Shrine for Shri Radha Krishna, stage for cultural activities, office, bookstore, and our Swamiji's Residence.
The lower level has class rooms, guest quarters, a kitchen, and a dining area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Chinmaya Mission is a non-profit spiritual organization created under the vision of our beloved Guru Swami Chinmayananda to spread knowledge of Hindu scriptures. We do this through Bala Vihar (for children), CHYK (for young adults), and Adult Study Group programs.
Children are taught knowledge of scriptures through age-appropriate curriculum from pre-school to 12th grade. Adults are taught by discourses on various spiritual texts by Resident Guru, Adult Study Groups, and visiting Gurus from other Chinmaya Mission Centers.
Teachings of Vedanta are Universal and hence anyone who wants to pursue spiritual growth can join Chinmaya Mission. There are no restrictions based on religion, caste, nationality, or age.
The mission has something to offer to every individual who wishes to grow or contribute his/her talents/skills; be it a child, a teenager, an adult, a parent, or a grandparent.
There are no rigid rules or scheme of practices that a member needs to follow. Every individual may choose his/her own path (karma - action; bhakti - devotion; or jnana - self-knowledge) and make self-effort to progress at their own desired pace.
The main spiritual philosophy of Chimaya Mission is Advaita Vedanta (non-duality) as taught by Adi Shankaracharya. We recognize everyone cannot appreciate the vision of Advaita Vedanta (oneness) right from the beginning. We recognize most other religious traditions can complement the study of Advaita Vedanta.
Chinmaya Mission teaches about multiple paths to spiritual growth based on one's personality and interests. Individual growth will depend on the assimilation and application of the learnings in a day to day living.
Many spiritual organizations are founded on practices created by their spiritual master based on their unique spiritual experiences. These practices may or may not resonate with everyone. Some spiritual/religious organizations are restrictive on the Guru they follow, or the deities they worship. In summary, these organizations are based on practices rather than philosophy. Chinmaya Mission is focused on the knowledge from the scriptures of Sanatana Dharma, which are Universal in nature and can be adapted to any set of practices for gaining purity and concentration of mind. Chinmaya Mission recognizes every person is different and hence encourages paths of service, devotion, and knowledge for preparing oneself for assimilation of knowledge of Advaita Vedanta.
Our mission’s work is to replace the ‘beast’ in us with the ‘best’ in us.”
The mission thrives on the sole idea:
“To give maximum happiness to maximum people for maximum time."
There are attempts such as sharpening your personality, blazing up your intellect, oiling your emotions, refitting your relationships, recharging your convictions, and replenishing your values.
Nominal Yearly Fees are:
$275/child; $450 for 2 in the Family; Family Max: $525
Yes - just let your child's teacher and/or your study group coordinator know.
No. A student must be registered for Bala Vihar in order to sign up for a Language Class.
No. The whole center is FULLY run by volunteers!
Points of contact
30877 N Fairfield Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: Closed
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am-4:30pm