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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

Śāstrasiddhāntaleśasaṅgraha is a well-known and popular work of Appayya Dikṣita[1] It is also known as Siddhāntaleśa-sañgraha. It is a comprehensive survey of the doctrinal interpretations and arguments as formulated by post-Śaṅkara advaitins. Though called as a ‘saṅgraha’[2] it is quite exhaustive. There are four paricchedas or chapters. A very brief summary of the four paricchedas is:

Content of Śāstrasiddhāntaleśasaṅgraha[edit]

First Pariccheda[edit]

It includes the following topics:

  • Nature of Brahman
  • Distinction between īśvara and jīvas
  • Problem of causality of the world
  • Nature and locus of avidyā and māyā
  • Nature and scope of vidhi[3] in respect of Vedāntic study.

Second Pariccheda[edit]

It delineates the following topics:

  • Relative importance of Śruti[4] and pratyakṣa[5]
  • Acceptance of authority of the Śruti
  • Nature of svapna or dream and bhrama or erroneous cognition
  • Dṛṣṭi-sṛṣṭi-vāda
  • Refutation of the theories that a jīva[6] is aṇu[7] and is different from Brahman.

Third Pariccheda[edit]

It includes the following topics:

Fourth Pariccheda[edit]

This section includes the following:

  • Jīvanmukti
  • Dispelling of avidyā or ignorance
  • Permanence of mokṣa or liberation
  • Nature of liberation in the context of ekajīvavāda and anekajivavāda

Commentary on Śāstrasiddhāntaleśasaṅgraha[edit]

The work has an excellent commentary in the name of Kṛālañkāra by Acyutakṛṣṇānanda Tīrtha.


  1. He lived in A. D. 1520-1592.
  2. Saṅgraha means an epitomized version.
  3. Vidhi means injunction.
  4. Śruti means the scripture.
  5. Pratyakṣa means direct perception.
  6. Jīva means individual soul.
  7. Aṇu means atomic in size.
  8. Mulā-jñāna means root-nescience
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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