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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

Divyabhāva literally means ‘divine disposition’.

Roots of Divyabhāva[edit]

The tantras are the scriptures of the Śakti-cult. They categorize the sādhakas or spiritual aspirants into three groups according to their bhāvas or dispositions. They are:


Characteristics of Divyabhāva Followers[edit]

  • The sādhakas with the divyabhāva are highly sāttvik by nature.
  • They keep themselves meticulously clean, wear clean clothes and the the rudrākṣa beads.
  • They display religious marks like Tripuṇḍra, Bhasma, Vibhuti.
  • They perform their religious rites like sandhyā, japa and pujā with faith and devotion.
  • They are well-versed in the Vedas and the scriptures of their cults.
  • They always speak the truth and keep the highest standards of morality and ethics.
  • They constantly strive for the attainment of devatābhāva or divine identity.


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