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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

Kāyavyuhajñāna literally means ‘knowledge of the internal structure of the body’.

The Yogasutras of Patañjali (200 B. c.) describes various siddhis or vibhutis (supernatural powers) that a yogi attains by samādhi[1] on various objects. If he concentrates on the plexus at the navel while attaining samādhi, he gets a detailed and clear knowledge[2] of the internal structure of the body (kāyavyuha).[3] This will help him keep his body in a fit condition.


  1. Samādhi means perfect concentration, super conscious experience.
  2. Jñāna means clear knowledge.
  3. Yogasutras 3.29
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore