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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

Brāhmi-sthiti literally means ‘the state of being established in Brahman’.

Brahman is the Absolute from which this universe has evolved, in which it lives and to which it returns at the end of a cycle of creation. It is described as ‘sat-cit-ānanda,’ which means existence-knowledge-bliss absolute.

When a person, through appropriate sādhanās or spiritual practices, realizes about Brahman in the inmost depths of his being, his life undergoes a dramatic change reflecting this inner experience in every action. Such a person is called as ‘sthitaprajña’ or ‘a man of steady wisdom’. He always maintains an equanimous attitude towards all the situations of life.

This inner state of mystical experience resulting from realizing Brahman and expressing itself outwardly as equanimity has been called as ‘brāhmī-sthiti’ by the Bhagavadgītā.[1] Once this state is attained it will continue till the last moment of one’s life.


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

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