Chinmaya Mission San Diego – Guidelines & Etiquette


What can participating families expect?

  • A very well-established, structured program for the growth of individuals from all backgrounds, as part of the larger Chinmaya Mission organization whose purpose is spreading the teachings contained in Vedas and Upanishads.
  • Active leadership from our chief sevaks and dedicated volunteers to assist with questions and concerns.
  • Efficient, on-time operations of all Bala Vihar (BV) and Adult Study classes incorporating Vedanta-based instruction.
  • Dissemination of pertinent information about programs via email, web posting (, Chinmaya Pradipika (newsletter) and announcements in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Availability of essential books and related items in the bookstore.
  • Celebration of selected traditional Hindu Festivals and other events.
  • Periodic seminars, workshops, yajna-s and camps to support and supplement BV and Adult classes.
  • Language classes, Cultural classes and programs.
  • A beautiful, serene ashram environment to facilitate the spiritual growth of all aspirants.

Eligibility for Children’s program

  • To be eligible for Shishu Vihar class admission, a student must be enrolled in Grade PK in 2017, which means they will be in Grade K in Sept. 2018.
  • To be eligible for Bala Vihar class admission, a student must be enrolled in Grade K or higher in a regular school. Students are placed in Bala Vihar in the same grade as in their schools. There will be no exceptions.
  • Language classes are offered only to students already enrolled and attending a BV class. There will be no exceptions.
  • CMSD may record BV activities using various formats (e.g., still/video camera, etc.) for the purpose of promoting its programs. Some of these may be displayed on our website and/or during events.
  • CMSD will make every reasonable effort to work with parents to try and accommodate children with special needs. However, if a mutually acceptable solution cannot be reached, CMSD reserves the right to decline/rescind registrations.
  • CMSD reserves the right to decline/rescind BV registration if guidelines set forth are not followed.

What is expected of the children?

  • On time arrival for all events
  • Regular attendance at the Assembly and BV class to ensure continuity and ease in learning.
  • Attendance in BV classes is mandatory. This includes attendance at the Assembly. Weekly records are kept by respective teachers on attendance, behavior, and punctuality of the students.
  • Participation in CMSD programs, festivals and Annual Program is required.
  • All children should be well rested and have a nourishing breakfast before attending BV. This makes learning easier.
  • Children must come prepared with a BV notebook, Chinmaya Book of Hymns (grades 2 & up), any other books in their syllabus, pencil/pen, crayons (for PK) or colored pencils/pens (up to Grade 6) in their BV bags. All children’s bags must have their names on it.
  • Active and attentive participation in class as well as during scheduled events and class programs.
  • Minimum basic preparation for upcoming class or event. (This will be limited so that there is no conflict with regular academic commitments). Most of the homework is thinking homework. However, projects may be assigned from time to time to supplement the lessons taught.
  • Respectful behavior and following the instructions of the teachers.
  • Children must follow all safety guidelines as instructed.
  • Chewing gum, candy, cards, toy games, food and drinks are not permitted in the classrooms.
  • Absolutely, no cell phones.

Dress Code

  • Boys: Kurta Pajama or full pants with kurta. No hats, jeans, shorts or tank tops.
  • Girls: Salwar Kameez or long skirt with blouse. No shorts, tank tops, bare backs, spaghetti straps, tight jeans etc.
  • Please have the hair groomed neatly and tied away from face. Wear a bindi.
  • Adults are requested to set an example by dressing in simple, modest, Indian clothes. 

What is expected of all parents/adults?

  • All Parents (both parents/guardians of the child) must attend the mandatory orientation at the beginning of the CMSD 2017-18 session that includes classroom and Ashram etiquette, Safety guidelines and Emergency procedures.
  • Arrive on-time (i.e., 10 minutes before class start time) and attend adult classes taking place concurrently. Dropping off and picking up of children without a responsible adult on premises requires written consent from CMSD. Any/all such requests must be explained to CMSD. An adult guardian must be assigned in such cases.
  • At all times, except in the classroom, children attending BV are the responsibility of their parents or the emergency contact listed on the registration form. Please follow all safety guidelines as instructed by the CMSD safety committee.
  • At least one parent (preferably both) must attend the concurrent Adult Classes every Sunday while the children’s classes are in session.
  • Any request to decline participation in CMSD’s efforts to record its programs must be made in writing with explanation provided for consideration.
  • Parents whose children have special needs must notify CMSD in writing for consideration prior to submitting their registration.
  • Chinmaya Mission uses an e-mail group Weekly Communicator, sent out every Thursday before noon, September-June, to convey information to parents. Please keep your contact information updated.
  • Medical records of children such as allergies, physician’s contact information and insurance information must be updated as they change.
  • Absolutely no use of cell phones on the Ashram premises during the CMSD classes and programs!

What is requested of the parents/adults?

  • Please take an active interest in your children’s classes and support their participation in events.
  • Please make every effort to attend all CMSD programs with the children where appropriate.
  • Please discuss any concerns or suggested improvements to the program with a member of the volunteer team (e.g., your child’s BV teacher or the BV coordinator).
  • Please check the web site ( regularly for all program information.
  • Please maintain the sanctity of the Ashram by being quiet, treating property with care and keeping it clean. Help your children understand the same.
  • Please dress appropriately anytime you enter the facility. No food or drinks in the ashrama at anytime except when designated. Absolutely no outside food, no onions, garlic, egg, cheese etc. in Samskrti Nilayam kitchen or outside.
  • Please avail of the opportunity to serve in your area of interest/expertise in the many activities of CMSD. Sevaks’ training is provided each year to those who are willing to serve.
  •  Each member family participate in at least one of the items from the seva list.