The Indian Wisdom Podcast

The Indian Wisdom Podcast

Hosted by: Dr. Raj Balkaran

Authentic ancient Indian wisdom teachings artfully applied to modern Western life. Grounded in scholarship and infused with live storytelling, this content is informative, entertaining, inspiring. Hosted by Dr....

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Ep. 18: The Stories Behind the Poses: Which Warrior for Warrior Pose?

Why are yoga poses named about mythic characters? In this episode, Dr. Raj discusses the relationship between mythic stories and yoga poses. He also talks about the backstory of his book “The Stories Behind the Poses"...
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Ep. 17 Is Reality More than the Material? An Interview with Modern Philosopher Bernardo Kastrup

This week we're sharing an exciting crosspost and conversation with Bernardo Kastrup, PhD from the New Books Network: New Books in Indian Religions podcast. At the vanguard of the modern renaissance of metaphysical...
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Ep. 16 Mārkaṇḍeya’s Metamorphosis: The Story of Staying Forever Young

Hear Dr. Raj tell the story of Sage Mārkaṇḍeya, the boon that brought him into the world, and the boon that grants him immortal life, forever young, ever sixteen. How do we know when we are making the right decision,...
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Ep. 15 The Triumph of the Goddess

Tales of Durga from the Devī Māhātmya (The Greatness of the Goddess) continued: the creation of Kālī, the Seven Mothers, and the Goddess’ ultimate triumph over demonic foe. What would the world look like if we took...
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Episode 14: The Birth of Kālī

Continuing our look into the "Glory of the Goddess," the story of the Devī Māhātmya, this episode features the birth of terrifying Kālī from the indignant wrath of the Goddess. Kālī is a response to demonic attempts...
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Episode 13: Sanskrit Study - A Candid Conversation with Antonia Ruppel

In this episode, Dr. Raj hosts a candid conversation with renowned Sanskritist and online teacher Antonia Ruppel on her love of the language, teaching philosophy, views on academia, and exciting online programming....
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Episode 12: Power's Purpose

Profound insights on the principle of power, personified in Indian myth by the Great Goddess Durgā, specifically from the story of the Devī Māhātmya. Hear of how the gods of heaven collectively summon Her to restore...
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Episode 11: The Wisdom of Eclipses

This episode explores the profound interplay between shadow and light, particularly in vogue during eclipses. Hear the tale of the demon Rāhu who snuck into the celestial assembly donning the garb of the gods in an...
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Episode 10: The Wisdom of Waxing and Waning

Why is the moon so captivating? What does it represent in Indic thought? What’s the difference between full and new moon? Hear the tale of the Moon god’s marriage to 27 wives and the wisdom of his waxing and waning...
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Episode 9: Wisdom of Witnessing

In this episode, Dr. Raj tells the tale of the majestic Kālī looming over the inert corpse-like body of Śiva in order to illumine the wisdom of witnessing. He dives into how this story is embodied in śavāsana, known...
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Episode 8: The Wisdom of Trees

How do you remain grounded in these tumultuous times? In this episode, Dr. Raj reflects on the power of breath and on the wisdom of trees, ever upright, abiding in the plane between heaven and earth. He tells the...
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Episode 7: Grounding the Ganges: Exploring Symbols of Śiva

This episode dives into the rich mythology of the great god Śiva, lord of yoga, emblematic of spiritual striving. Dr. Raj tells the tale of the descent of the Ganges from celestial sphere to become an earthly river,...
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