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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.

Hanuman ji ki aarthi

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Aarthi ki jai Hanumaanaa lalaa ki,
Dushta dalana Raghunatha kala ki

Let us worship the very dear Hanuman,
Who slays the wicked and is a crescent of Rama

Jaake bal se girivara kampe,
Bhootha piscachaa nikata nahi jaanke

By his power, the majestic mountains trembled,
And devils and ghosts never came near us.

De bhidhaa Raghunaatha pathaee,
Lanka jaari siya sudhi layee

Rama bid him farewell on his path,
And he brought good news of Sita,
After burning down Sri Lanka.

Lanka sii kota samudhra sii khaaii,
Jaatha pavana sutha na laii

The son of the wind God leaped across the ocean,
And reached Lanka in the twinkling of an eye.

Bayen bhujaa se asura sanhare,
Dahinai bhujaa sura ubhare

He killed Asuras with his left hand,
And protected the devas with his right hand.

Lankaa jaarai asura sanhare,
Raja Rama ke kajaa samvare.

He burnt Lanka and killed the asuras,
And he managed to complete the task of King Rama.

Anjanee puthra maha bala daii,
Deva sa nthaa ke sada sahayee

The son of Anjana gives excellent strength,
And always protects the Gods and the saints.

Lakshmana murchitha pade sakaree,
Layee Sanjivini pranaa ubhare

When Lakshmana had fainted and was lying like dead,
He brought the Sanjivini and gave him back his life.

Paithi pataala thodi yama kaare,
Ahirvanaa ke bhuja ukhade.

You went down to the world below, broke the gates of Yama,
And broke the arms of Mahi Ravana.

Sura nara muni jana Aarthi utharein,
Jai jai jai kapi raja ucharen

When devas, sages and men pray you,
They chant, victory, victory to king of monkeys.

Kanchan tharaa kapoora suhaai,
Aarthi Kartha anjani maiyan

Your mother, Anjana prays for you,
Waving a camphor light in a golden plate

Jo Hanuman ji ki Aarthi gave.
Basi Vaikunta parama pada pave.

Those who sing this prayer to Hanuman,
Would live in the land of Vishnu and attain salvation