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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.

Bala Mukthavali Stotram

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Bala Mukthavali Stotram

(The prayer of beads of salvation to Bala)

Translated By P.R.Ramachander

(Bala is the form of Parvathi when she is a young. She is energetic, playful, heroic and kind)

Balarka koti ruchiraam koti brahmanda bhooshithaam,
Kandarpa koti lavanyam, Baalaam vande Shiva priyam.                                   1

I salute Bala, the darling of Lord Shiva, Who shines like billions of Suns, Who wears billions of universes as ornament, And who is prettier than billions of cupids.

Vahni koti prabham Sookshmam, koti koti heylineem,
Varadam raktha varnam cha Baalaam vande sanathaneem.                                 2

I salute Bala who is without beginning, Who in micro form is brighter than billions of fires, Who is as good as billion lights of the moon, Who is of the red colour of blood, And who takes care of every one.

Jnanarathnakaraam bhimaam Parabrahmavathareineem,
Pancha prethasana gathaam, Baalaam vande guhaasayaam.                                  3

I salute Bala who sleeps in the cave of the mind, Who is the jewel of ultimate knowledge, Who is gross, who is incarnation of the God principle, And who sits on the throne of the five Gods (Brahma, Rudra, Vishnu, Sadashiva and Ishwara).

Para prasada moordhnistham pavithram paathra dharineem,
Pasupasaschidham, theeshnam , Baalaam Shivasanam.                                          4

I salute Bala who sits with Lord Shiva, Who is capable of granting salvation, Who is holy, who holds a bowl , And cuts the attachment of the beings.

Girijam girimadhyastham gheeroopaam jnanadhayineem,
Guhya Thathwa paraam chadhyam, Baalaam vandhe purathaneem.                        5

I salute Bala , who is the most ancient, Who is the daughter of the mountain, Who sits in the middle of the mountain, Who is the form of music, Who is the one who grants wisdom, And who is the object of the most secret knowledge.

Boudhakoti susoundaram Chandra koti susheethalam,
Aasaa waasaam param devim, vande baalaam kapardhineem.                                         6

I salute Bala, who holds a skull in her hand, Who is prettier than billions of wise people, Who is cooler than billions of moons, And who is the goddess beyond desires.

Srushti sthithyantha karinyam, Trigunathmaka roopineem,
Kala grasana samarthyam, Baalaam vande phalapradham.                                                7

I salute that Bala, who always leads to results, Who creates, upkeeps and destroys all, Who has the form of three different forms of soul. And who is capable of stopping the God of death.

Yagna naasaam yagna deham, yagna karma subha pradham,
Jeevathmam viswa jananeem , Baalaam vande parathparam.                                             8

I salute Bala, who is beyond the scope of knowledge, Who was the reason for destroying Yagna of Rudra, Who is the body of all sacrifices conducted, Who is the one who does good to those conducting Yagna, Who is the soul of all the beings, And who is the mother of the entire universe.

Ithyetath param guhyam namna mukthavali sthavam,
Ye padanthi mahesani phalam vakthum na sakyathe.                                                         9

Whoever reads this very secret prayer, Which is like a garland leading to salvation, Would realize results , which is beyond description.

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