CMSD Membership

CMSD 2020-21 session will commence on Sunday, August 23, 2020. Registration for 2020-21 session is now on a case-by-case basis only. Please get in touch with our Membership sevak at (858) 215-2673 or [email protected] for additional information as well as to see whether you can register your family.


Bala Vihar and Shishu Vihar

Starting 2020-21, we are introducing a "mommy-and-me" program Shishu Vihar. Bala Vihar and Shishu Vihar are for entire family’s spiritual growth. All adults in the family and children ages 3, 4 as well as those in grades KG through 12 are enrolled when a family registration is completed. The sessions are held on Sundays with approximating the Poway Unified School district’s calendar. Children are in “Shishu Vihar” program if they are 3 or 4 years old on September 1st of that school year.

Venue: Chinmaya Jyoti

Address: 12249 Ninth Street, Poway CA 92064

Language classes are offered for the children in grades 1 through 8 and are dependent on sevak availability. They are part of the Bala Vihar program. For last several Bala Vihar years, we have been offering Hindi, and Tamil. Enrollment in language classes is optional.


2020-21 Session dates

Start Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020

Last day: Sunday, June 20, 2021

2020-21 Registration:

Please contact membership team at [email protected] to see whether you can register for the 2020-21 session. Language class registration will be after the session starts on Sunday, August 23, 2020.

  • For each child we require:
    • Shishu Vihar children to be 3 or 4 years on or before September 1, 2020
    • Bala Vihar children to be in grades KG through 12 in academic year 2020-21
    • Details about medical conditions, allergies and medical issues
  • A family photo: All families must have a recent family photo in their family information. For families that have enrolled at least one child, this photo should have been taken since May 1, 2020. For families not enrolling any children, the photo should have been taken since May 1, 2015. The photo should have all adults responsible for children and shows clearly visible and identifiable faces. Other requirements are
    • Photo should be color photo in high resolution that is not blurry, grainy or pixelated
    • Clear image of the faces without any filters or effects
    • No selfies or digitally altered photos
    • Plain white or off-white background
    • Taken in normally worn clothes or simple Indian clothes as per Etiquettes and Guidelines
    • Photos should show full faces including clearly visible hairline
    • For examples of good photos, please see


Sunday schedule during session

Starts at Ends at
Grades 1-8 without language enrollment
9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Grades 1-8 with language enrollment,
Grades 9-12
9:00 AM 12:30 PM with break from 11:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Gita discourses for adults followed by
discussion group for adults
9:00 AM 12:30 PM with break from 11:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Shishu Vihar 11:30 AM 12:30 PM


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