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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

Jñanendriyas literally means ‘organs of knowledge’.

The base of life is the acquisition of knowledge, both temporal or spiritual. Though spiritual knowledge is essential for attaining liberation from sansāra or transmigratory existence, temporal knowledge can never be ignored. It helps us to live in this world. If properly utilized, it can be an asset for spiritual life also.

Jñāna or sensory knowledge is acquired through five sense-organs like:

  1. Cakṣus - organ of sight
  2. Śrotra - organ of hearing
  3. Ghrāṇa - organ of smell
  4. Rasanā - organ of taste
  5. Tvāk - organ of touch

Since the jñāna is acquired through these organs, they are termed as jñānendriyas. Hence these sensory organs are the eyes, the ears, the nose, the tongue and the skin. They are the evolutes of the sattva-part of the five primordial elements or tanmātras according to Vedānta. These are the subtle sensory organs located inside the physical organs.