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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 expose the correspondence between textbooks and the colonial-racist discourse. This racist discourse 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.


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By Swami Harshananda

Anātman literally means ‘the not-self’ or ‘the non-self’.

The two of the important questions posed by philosophical inquirers are :

  • ‘Who am I?’
  • ‘Whence did this world originate?’

The Vedānta system of philosophy posits the view that the world has evolved out of the Ātman (the Self) and it is the same Atman that is our real nature. Everything else is included under the term ‘anātman.’

Though literally the external world with its myriads of objects is also anātman, the word is used more particularly to denote the body, the sense-organs and the mind which forces us to identify ourselves with them and forget our real nature.


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