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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.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.

Aarthi Saraswathi ji ki (Hindi)

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Aarthi Sri Saraswathi ji ki

Translated by P.R.Ramachander

( I found this prayer in Hindi in a small book published by B.M.Praminder Publications, Delhi -51.Aarthis are sung before the gods/goddesses in Hindu homes/temples in North India.)

1.Om Jaya Vinee vali , maiya , jaya Veene vali,
Rhidhi , sidhi ki rahthi , hath there thali

Om Victory to the one who has a Veena,
Oh Mother, Victory to one who has the Veena,
By your blessings , growth and power always exist.

2.Rishi , muniyon ki budhi ko shudha thu hi karthi,
Swarna ki bhanthi Shudha thu hi karthi.

You make the knowledge of sages and saints pure,
You make them as pure as gold.

3.Jnan pitha ko dethi , Gagan Shabdha se thu,
Viswa ko uthpanna karthi , AAdhi shkthi se thu.

You give wisdom to the father by the sound in the sky,
And you create this world with your primeval power.

4.Hamsa vahini dheejai , bhiksha darshan ki,
Mere jag may keval , icha darshan ki

Oh Goddess who rides on the swan,
Give me the alms of seeing you ,
For in my mind there is only,
The desire to see you.

5.Jyothi jagakar nithya, yah aarthi jo gave,
Bhava sagar ke dukh mein, Gotha na kabhi khave.

After lighting the lamp daily ,
He who sings this prayer ,
Would never suffer the tosses ,
In the ,ocean of sorrow of birth.

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