About This Workshop
This workshop explores the vision of the divine feminine we see in ancient India’s first Sanskrit Goddess text: Devī Māhātmya (literally, the Greatness of the Goddess). The Indian Great Goddess is understood in this text as power itself (śakti), which all beings – humans, animals, gods – draw on. Unpack questions like, “What would it mean to have a supreme cosmic force, which is feminine vs. masculine?” “What wisdom were the ancients trying to encode in the face of power we see in the Devī Māhāmtya?” Join Dr. Raj Balkaran as he narrates and decodes these ancient tales testifying to the greatness of the Goddess.
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About the Presenter Show
Dr. Raj Balkaran is a prolific scholar of Indian mythology, having authored The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth (Routledge 2018), The Goddess and the Sun in Indian Myth (Routledge 2020), and several academic articles and book chapters since completing his Ph.D. in 2015. He is also a spiritual adept, having been initiated into ancient Indian wisdom traditions by multiple masters, engaged in daily practice for two decades. A seasoned online educator, he teaches at Yogic Studies, Embodied Philosophy, and at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies where he also serves on their Course Development Board. He is also the Founder of the School of Indian Wisdom where he creates and delivers original online courses combining scholarship, storytelling, and spirituality to apply Indian wisdom teachings to modern life. Beyond teaching and research, Dr. Balkaran runs a thriving life coaching practice, delivers public talks, and hosts the Indian Religions podcast. He’s currently working on a book about the mythological stories behind yoga poses. See https://rajbalkaran.com for more information.
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