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  • Every child has that spark of divinity within…
  • Gokulam is the place where Lord Krishna’s magical days of childhood were spent.
  • It was here that his divine powers came to be recognized.
  • Balagokulam is a forum for children to discover and
  • manifest that divinity,
  • where they learn Hindu values
  • in an enjoyable manner and make good friends
  • Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS)
  • Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, volunteer-based organization, serving the needs of Hindus in the United States of America.
  • HSS’ mission is to
  • Preserve and promote Hindu Dharma and culture.
  • Facilitate Hindus to appreciate, learn and practice Hindu way of life in USA.
  • Instill pride and confidence in Hindus in general, children and youths in specific, about their identity.
  • Raise Hindu awareness in the society around.
  • Develop social awareness, volunteerism, discipline and leadership skills.
  • To serve the Hindu interests and Hindu Unity.
    • Visit http://www.hssus.org for more information.
    • Send an email to infohss@yahoo.com for more information.
  • How to contribute to Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh
  • HSS has about 100 chapters in United States. Each chapter (known as “Shakha”) meets weekly for 90 minutes. A joyful atmosphere of learning can be seen at the Shakha, where all the family members take part.
  • You may join this effort by
  • Regularly attending the Shakha near you.
  • Tell your friends about the HSS activities.
  • Attend festivals and other events conducted by HSS.
  • Offer your skills like web site creation, artistic work, writing, speaking, volunteering to teach children, etc.
  • Any other way you can think of.
  • Our Inspiration: India is the land of many gods, goddesses,great saints, kings,
  • queens, freedom fighters, philosophers, and visionaries. All of them inspire us.
  • Thoughts behind Balagokulam
  • “Children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be lit” - Swami Chinmayananda
  • "Look back, drink deep from the eternal fountains that are behind, and then march forward" - Swami Vivekananda
  • When Sanskriti is imparted to a child, his tendencies are godly and when Vikriti increases, his tendencies are demonic.
  • What is Balagokulam
  • It is a forum where -
  • Children learn Hindu values in enjoyable manner.
  • Hindu children in USA learn to appreciate their cultural roots.
  • All round personality development is achieved in practice.
  • Children make new friends, participate in extra curricular activities, like skits, songs, etc.
  • Children learn a sense of responsibility and grow up to be an ideal citizen.
  • Our goal is
  • To facilitate children to appreciate, learn and
  • practice Hindu way of life.
  • Instill pride and confidence in Hindu children
  • about their identity.
  • Raise Hindu awareness in the society around.
  • Develop social awareness and leadership skills
  • among children.
  • At Balagokulam, 360° personality development is achieved based on
  • Hindu Dharma in the following ways
  • Physical : Exercise and Games
  • Spiritual : Study of Scriptures
  • Mental : Yoga and other techniques
  • Intellectual : Stories, Debates, Quiz, Projects
  • Create Pride
  • A proud Hindu:
    • Understands the Hindu philosophy
    • Is convinced of its importance for a peaceful world
    • Practices Hindu Values
    • Helps fellow Hindu
    • Identifies himself as a Hindu
  • Group Dynamics
    • Builds Confidence
    • Face challenges of being part of two cultures
  • Activities
  • Regular activities:
    • Shlokas and Bhajans
    • Surya namaskar and Yoga
    • Games
    • Stories and quiz
    • Arts and Crafts
  • Special events activities:
    • Skits
    • Festival celebrations
    • Picnics
    • 1 – 5 days camps
    • Community service
    • Balagokulam Magazine
  • Activities
  • Stories:
  • Shlokas and Bhajans:
    • Predefined set of shlokas with their meaning in simple English
    • Small Bhajans for different gods and goddesses
  • Arts and Crafts:
  • Syllabus
  • Syllabus taught in balagokulam has been designed with
  • attention to detail and to impart knowledge in an organized
  • and enjoyable way.
    • Two age groups (5-8 and 9-12)
    • Tri-mester System
      • Topics from six categories
      • -festivals, dharma, heritage, history, moral, sangh)
      •  Two shlokas or mantra and two subhashitani (words of wisdom)
      • every month
      •  One bhajan or Geet in two months.
      •  Every month one project (skits, arts/crafts, discussion, talent show)
      •  Questions (exercise) given after every month
      •  Friendly exams / certificate distribution
      • (Ram Navami, Janmashtmi, Gita Jayanti)
  • Activities on special events
  • Celebration of Festivals:
    • Ganesh pooja
    • Raksha Bandhan
    • Guru Pooja
    • Yugadi
    • And other Hindu festivals
  • Community Service:
  • Seva or service is the best way for us to realize the divinity in all
    • Serve the needy
    • Visiting elderly people in convalescent hospital
    • Volunteer at Hindu temples
    • Work with other voluntary groups in serving the community
  • Hindu Heritage Camps
  • One to Five day camps :
  • Vacation can be magical. That's the time to explore, enjoy and make more friends.
  • Hindu Heritage Camp of HSS conducted during vacations or any other weekends
  • has been a favorite event for the children
  • Check www.balagokulam.org for upcoming camps in your area
  • Balagokulam Magazine
  • A unique Hindu magazine for children at $11 (4 issues),
  • $20 (8 issues), $30 (12 issues).
  • Magazine for the children by the children of the children.
  • Most of the articles are written by children.
  • Magazine has stories, poems, articles, quiz and more.
  • Facts on Indian Science.
  • Vedic Mathematics.
  • Competitions – essay, art, poem etc.
  • For children of age 5 and above.
  • Best resource to answer children’s questions on Hindu culture .
  • Subscribe online at: www.balagokulam.org/bgmag.
  • Hindu Education Foundation (HEF)
  • HEF, supported by HSS, is a project by concerned Hindu/Indian parents in the USA with the following objectives –
  • Collaborate with school teachers and conduct training and informative seminars to bring an awareness of Dharmic culture and traditions.
  • Provide multimedia presentations to students on topics related to Hinduism and India to remove misconceptions created due to inaccuracies in the current textbooks.
  • Create resources for parents who wish to provide such opportunities for educators in their local areas.
  • Interact with State Education Committees that define school curriculum so that prescribed school textbooks contain an accurate representation of Indic traditions.
  • How to help Hindu Education Foundation
  • Many schools solely depend on text books to teach about Hindu Dharma and India. Most text books do not present an accurate picture.
  • You can support HEF to portray Hindu Dharma and India in a positive light by:
  • Becoming an active member and advising HEF.
  • Getting involved in your children’s school and helping shape their policy towards social studies.
  • Helping school boards get an accurate picture of Hindu Dharma and India.
  • Please visit http://www.hindueducation.org for more information.
  • Send an email at join_us@hindueducation.org to become a member
  • Thank you!
  • For more information
  • Visit www.balagokulam.org


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