With degrees in Hinduism from the University of Toronto and University of Calgary, Dr. Raj Balkaran interprets Sanskrit narrative texts for ethical import. A prolific scholar, he is the author of several articles, book chapters, and two monographs: The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth (Routledge 2018) and The Goddess and the Sun in Indian Myth (Routledge 2020). Alongside his academic training, Raj apprenticed with an Indian master for twelve years as part of an oral tradition dedicated to the preservation and application of Hindu teachings. Having taught comparative religion and mythology at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies for a decade, he now teaches online course privately, at Yogic Studies, at the University of Calgary, and at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, where he also serves on the Course Development Board.  Beyond teaching and research, Raj enjoys a thriving consulting practice and hosts the New Books in Hindu Studies podcast.