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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

Atmasamarpana literally means ‘self-offering’.

Ahirbudhnya Samhitā is an important text of the Pāñcarātra school of Vaiṣṇava Āgamas. According to it, union of the jīvātman with Paramātman is the ultimate goal of life. This can be achieved either through ‘ātmasamarpaṇa’ (also called ‘hṛdyāga’) or through ‘yoga.’ Meditating on God with his powers[1] with appropriate mantras and culminating in total self-offering or self-abnegation is called as ‘ātma-samarpaṇa.’ “Yoga’ is very similar to the process taught by Patañjali in his Yogasutras.


  1. As for instance, the Sudarśana-cakra, the discus-weapon of Viṣṇu
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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