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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.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Adhyātma-prasāda literally means ‘peace of the mind within’.

Mind is the basic instrument for gaining knowledge and wisdom. Controlling its vagaries and making it flow in a concentrated manner is the best means of attaining knowledge in any field.

By a long and arduous process of yogic discipline that includes the practice of ethical principles like ahimsā (non-violence), satya (truth) and brahmacarya (continence) and the practice of concentration by stages, the mind loses all its dross and impurities and becomes placid and pellucid. Such a state of mind is called ‘adhyātma-prasāda’.[1]

This state of the mind, being rid of all impurities that distract and disturb it, has become like a pure crystal capable of reflecting the consciousness of the puruṣa (the Self), in full measure. Such a mind can produce instant knowledge of any object towards which it is directed.


  1. Yogasutras 1.47
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore