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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Āsanamurti literally means ‘image in the seated posture’.

A temple is an ancient institution. The images that are installed inside the shrines or inscribed on the walls and the pillars should be prepared strictly according to the rules of ‘murtiśilpaśāstra’ or iconography. Such murtis or images of gods and goddesses are generally divided into three kinds depending upon their posture :

  1. The sthānaka or standing
  2. The āsana or sitting
  3. The śayana or lying down

The āsanamurtis again can be of various types depending on the particular āsana or posture adopted. At least twenty āsanas are mentioned in the iconographical works. A few of them have been mentioned below :

  1. Āliḍha
  2. Kurma
  3. Dhyāna
  4. Padma
  5. Paryaṅka
  6. Yoga
  7. Bhadra
  8. Vīra
  9. Svastika


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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