The Bala Kendra program focuses on values, traditions, and spiritual practices. They meet second and fourth sundays of each month at the MA Center, Castro Valley.
Typically a Bala Kendra session would last about two hours. A session normally starts with the chanting of mantras followed by a storytelling session, yoga and finally a talk on topics like helping the needy or having respect and gratitude towards one's parents. Finally some bhajans are sung and then it's time for prasad (consecrated food offerings).
"We should tell children while they are very young that there is a power known as God who controls everything. If we teach a child to remember this divinity in all circumstances of life, that child will be able to keep his or her inner poise in every situation, whether it be victory or defeat."