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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

Guṇātita literally means ‘one who is beyond the sway of the three guṇas’.

The quest for perfection has been a common characteristic feature of all religions and philosophical systems. Since perfection is only a concept, it can be understood only when tested through a person or a personality. The Bhagavadgitā has done this in three places.[1] The ‘guṇātita’ is the last of these three.


The guṇātita is the one who is fit to attain Brahman. The qualities of such a person are as follows:

  • He is the one who has transcended the three guṇas, sattva, rajas and tamas.
  • He is unaffected by the effects of the three guṇas like knowledge, action or delusion.
  • He is equanimous in happiness and even misery.
  • He looks upon a clod of earth, stone or gold as of equal worth being neither repelled nor tempted by them.
  • He is not influenced by the pleasant and the unpleasant.
  • He is unaltered either by praise or blame.
  • He treats friends and enemies equally, based on the merits of the case.
  • He serves God with undeviating love.


  1. Bhagavadgitā 2.55-72; 12.13-20 and 14.22-27
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore