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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

Kāyasampat literally means ‘wealth of the body’.

The Yogasutras of Patañjali (200 B. C.) is the most authoritative work on the science of yoga. In the third chapter titled as Vibhutipāda, Pataṅjali has listed a large number of siddhis or extraordinary powers that a yogi develops as a result of saiyama[1] on a variety of objects.

When saiyama is practiced on the pañcabhutas or the five basic elements like earth, water, fire, air and sky or ether, the yogi develops aṣṭasiddhis or the eight special powers by will like becoming small or big, light or heavy and so on. Along with these eight powers, he also gets two more powers:

  1. Kāyasampat - wealth of the body
  2. Transcending the obstacles of the five elements

Kāyasampat pertains to the body of the yogi. His body will be very handsome, perfectly proportionate, has great strength and Vajrasarhananatva or very hard muscular structure. Hanumān is given as an example for the last quality.


  1. Saiyama means meditation leading to samādhi or super conscious experience.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore