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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

Dhātuprasāda literally means ‘by the grace of dhātu’. While describing the nature of the ātman (the Self), Yama declares that he is smaller than the smallest and greater than the greatest. He is established in the cave of the heart of all the living beings. One who realizes him and his greatness, becomes free from all the sorrows and sufferings. This is preceded by two conditions:

  1. To be akratu
  2. To receive dhātuprasāda

To become an akratu or free from volition, the aspirant should avoid all the desires and desire-motivated actions. One should not be agitated by desires, mind and senses, which are called dhātu. These dhātus support the living beings and become favorable to him. This is dhātuprasāda.

Dhātuprasāda as per Vedānta School[edit]

According to this school, ‘dhātu-prasādāt’ word can be interpreted as ‘by the grace of Paramātman or God’. Hence the jīva or the individual soul is able to understand the greatness of God through his grace and thus transcends all sorrow.

Textual Reference[edit]

  • Dhātuprasāda is a technical term that appears in the Kathā Upaniṣad.[1]
  • This word ‘dhātu-prasādāt’ is also repeated in the Śvetā-śvatara Upaniṣad[2] and Mahānārāyana Upaniṣad.[3] also.


  1. Kathā Upaniṣad 1.2.20.
  2. Śvetā-śvatara Upaniṣad 3.20
  3. Mahānārāyana Upaniṣad 8.3
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore