Bala Gokulam in Europe
Gokulam is the place where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within.
Balagokulam is a forum for children to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn Hindu values. This is done through weekly planned activities, which include games, yoga, stories, bhajans (songs), shlokas (prayers), and arts and crafts.
Children of ages 5 and above can participate in the Balagokulam. The children are grouped into two age-based groups. Teenagers and adults have their own activities within the Balagokulam center as well. No one is denied entrance to the Balagokulam center, regardless of age or anything else
English is used to communicate in each Balagokulam. The shlokas, prayers, are mostly in Sanskrit language. Songs are mostly in Hindi and sometimes in English, Sanskrit or any other Indian language. We always encourage children to speak in their mother tongue at home and with friends from similar background. We strongly believe that Bhasha (language), Bhusha (dressing) and Aachar (manners) make and sustain our Sanskriti (culture).
Since children at Balagokulam come from different regions, they have different mother-tongues. Learning one more common Indian language (example Hindi) in addition to their mother-tongue is sometimes hard on them. Hence we have English as the primary means of communication in Balagokulam. At many Balagokulams, a separate session is conducted after Balagokulam to teach Indian language(s) provided there are volunteers to conduct the sessions. Shared repository of resources (syllabus, teaching material used at other places) to teach these language(s) should be useful in this regard.
How do I become a member?
— It’s very simple. Just show up at a Balagokulam center, thus becoming a part of Balagokulam family. “Once a swayamsevak*, always a swayamsevak.” There are no fees for the Balagokulam activities.
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