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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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Aghora Śivācārya

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By Swami Harshananda

Śaivism is a very ancient order that is rooted in the Vedas and Āgamas. It has had contributions from a galaxy of mystics and writers. An important teacher often quoted, especially by the Traśaiva writers, is Aghora Śivācārya, a pontiff of the Āmardaka monastery at Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu) who probably lived in the 11th-12th cent. A. D.

Aghora Śivācārya is reputed to have written a detailed commentary on Tattva-prakāśa of King Dhārā of Bhoja, refuting the highly monastic interpretations of an earlier commentator Srikumāra. Another work attributed to him is Mrgendrāgama-vrtti-dipikā, a commentary on the famous Śaivāgama, Mrgendrāgama. He is credited with the authorship of several other works including

  • Aghora-śivapaddhati
  • Tattvasangraha
  • Mahotsavanidhi.


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

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