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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.


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By Swami Harshananda

Baindava-śarira literally means ‘body comprising the bindu’.

Among the several schools of Śaivism, the Siddha school has a concept of mukti or liberation, peculiar to itself. Mukti is incomplete if it is confined only to the elimination of future births after death. It becomes complete only when death is also transcended.

A sādhaka or aspirant of the Siddha School, through appropriate exercise and spiritual practice, is able to transmute every cell in his body so that it is transformed from aśuddha-māyā (impure māya or nature)-state to śuddha- māyā (pure māyā or nature)-state. This transformed body which is incorruptible, is called ‘praṇavatanu’ (body of praṇava or Om) or ‘baindava-śarira’ (body comprising the bindu or divine power-śakti). Then he becomes a ‘jīvanmukta’ (one liberated even while living).


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

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