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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.

Gopal Bhatta Goswami

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Krishna Maheshwari

Gopala Bhatta was born in 1503 to Vyenkata Bhatta.

He first met Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in the year 1510 while Mahaprabhu was touring South India. His father hosted the Lord during the four months of the rainy season. Gopala had the good fortune to serve Lord Caitanya continuously and developed an intense love for Him.

When Lord Caitanya was about to leave, Vyenkata Bhatta fainted and Gopala Bhatta's eyes filled with tears of love. For Gopala Bhatta's sake, Lord Caitanya agreed to stay a few more days.

During this time, Gopala Bhatta had a spiritual vision in which Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu revealed Himself as Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and said that Gopala would someday meet two jewel-like devotees — Rupa Goswami and Sanatana Goswami, in Vrindavana.

When Gopala Bhatta awoke from trance, he wanted to leave for Vrindavana at once. However, Lord Caitanya instructed him to stay and serve his parents.

Gopala Bhatta went on to study rhetoric, poetry, Vedanta, and Sanskrit grammar from his uncle Prabodhananda Sarasvati, a great devotee of Lord Caitanya.

After the passing of his parents, Gopala Bhatta traveled to Vrindavana, where he met Rupa Goswami and Sanatana Goswami. The Lord sent some of His personal belongings to Gopala Bhatta, who worshiped them. The Lord also sent a letter instructing Gopala Bhatta to help Rupa and Sanatana compile transcendental literature. Gopala Bhatta accepted this instruction from the Lord as his life and soul, and later engaged his own disciple, Srinivasa Acarya, in carrying the writings to Bengal.

Once, on a trip to the Gandaki River, in Nepal, Gopala Bhatta obtained twelve salagrama-silas. The silas entered his waterpot as he filled it with water from the river. When he tried to return them to the river and refill his pot, they again entered the pot. Accepting this as the Lord's mercy, Gopala Bhatta decided to bring the silas back to Vrindavana.

One day, Gopala Bhatta felt the need to worship a deity of Krishna. The next morning, he saw that one of his silas had transformed into a beautiful deity of Lord Krsna. Gopala Bhatta named the deity Radha-Ramana, or 'Krsna, who brings pleasure to Radharani'. He established a temple for the worship of Radha-Ramana which is still one of the main places of pilgrimage in Vrindavana.