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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

Śuddhādvaita literally means ‘the pure advaita’.

The system of philosophy of Vallabhācārya or Vallabha[1] is known as Śuddhādvaita. Vallabha does not accept Śaṅkara’s[2] advaita as sufficiently non-dualistic since he also accepts māyā, a principle of illusion, thereby negating non-dualism. According to Vallabha, māyā is the real power of Brahman, the Saccidānanda, inherent in him. He claimed that there is no second reality different from or outside Brahman. His philosophy is called as Śuddhādvaita.


  1. He lived in A.D. 1481-1531.
  2. He lived in A. D. 788-820.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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