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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

Hiraṇyagarbha literally means ‘golden egg’.

According to the Advaita Vedānta, he is the second aspect of Brahman, the pure consciousness, associated with ajñāna or nescience, after īśvara. He is connected with the totality of the sukṣmaśariras or subtle bodies in creation, permeating them like the thread passing through the beads. Hence it is named as ‘Sutrātman’.

Being the subtle principle of life, he is also called ‘prāṇa’. The unmanifested, seed-state of creation is compared to a golden egg. Since he keeps it in his womb as it were, before manifesting it, he is called ‘Hiraṇyagarbha’ (‘golden egg’). He has the three powers:

  1. Power of will - It is known as icchāśakti.
  2. Power of knowledge - It is known as jñānaśakti.
  3. Power of action - It is known as kriyāśakti.


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

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