What is the School's Mission?

The School of Indian Wisdom provides students with the opportunity not only to learn about Indian Wisdom Traditions, but to learn from them. It integrates scholarship, storytelling and profound spiritual teachings from ancient India to facilitate embodied online learning. Steering clear of over-intellectualization, reduction, delusion or dogma, the School leverages wisdom teachings from the mythological, philosophical and spiritual traditions of ancient India to support meaningful living for modern student-seekers. 

Who is the School for?

The School is for citizens of the globe wanting to leverage the life wisdom derived from the rich philosophical, mythological, and spiritual traditions of ancient India for their personal growth. It's not for those who just want to learn about Indian Wisdom Traditions, but for those who want to learn from them. This applies whether you are a lifelong learner, a seeker, from a Hindu home, a yoga practitioner, or an interested layperson. No background knowledge is required, only a desire to learn core truths about the human experience as expressed in the Wisdom Traditions of ancient India. The School is for the spiritually-seeking rationalist: smart students who are also spiritual seekers. The School of Indian Wisdom is not for reductionists, nor is it for dogmatists: it is for people who want to feed their minds and souls alike. 

What approach does the School take?

School of Indian Wisdom courses integrate scholarly content, mythological storytelling and spiritual insight for the sake of facilitating embodied life wisdom. The School does not espouse a reductionistic paradigm: it embraces the spiritual teachings found in Sanskrit texts of ancient India and in living Indian wisdom traditions. It celebrates the human spirit and broaches life's mysteries. Scholarship is the proper arbiter of what we can empirically know about the outer world; yet wisdom is rooted in the inner life. Wisdom helps us meaningfully navigate the outer world in a sound and soulful manner. The School therefore adopts a holistic pedagogy: scholarship is hollow without spirituality, and spirituality shortsighted without scholarship. 

Who teaches at the School?

The School of Indian Wisdom was founded (March 2021) by Dr. Raj Balkaran who has has advanced academic degrees in Sanskrit texts as well as advanced spiritual training in Indian wisdom traditions. Beyond being a prolific scholar of Indian myth, he has been initiated into Indian Wisdom Traditions from multiple lineal teachers and apprenticed with an Indian spiritual master for twelve years. He has a very active research portfolio and has been engaged daily spiritual practice and study for twenty years. He also has extensive experience speaking, coaching and teaching academics, continuing studies learners, and practitioners alike. He is a seasoned online educator who serves on the Course Development Board at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. See https://rajbalkaran.com for more information. Additional Faculty will be joining the School in 2022. 

What is included in School courses?

Each School of Indian Wisdom course includes 

  • 4-6 90-minute Course Videos (lifetime access)

  • 4-6 Live Zoom Q&A Sessions (recordings made available)

  • PDF Course Syllabus

  • PDF Primary Source Texts
    (in English translation)

  • PDF Secondary Text
    Course Readings

  • PDF Visual Aids: Diagrams, Charts, Images, Timelines

  • Access the private School of Indian Wisdom Online Community Forum 

  • Email access to Dr. Raj Balkaran for correspondence pertaining to course content 
  • Official Certificate of Completion