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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

Lagnanirṇaya literally means ‘deciding a suitable lagna for initiation into a mantra’.

The zodiac has been divided by the astrologers into twelve rāśis[1] like Meṣa (Aries), Vṛṣabha (Taurus) and so on. Every day, the sun as viewed from the earth appears to pass through all the twelve Rāśis from Meṣa (Aries) to Mīna (Pisces). The rāśi at the time of sun-rise is said to be the ‘lagna’ for that day. This has an important bearing on the astrological calculations.

When spiritual aspirants desire to receive a mantra through initiation from a qualified guru, different lagnas have been prescribed for different deities. For instance:

  • The lagnas Vṛṣabha (Taurus), Simha (Leo) and Dhanus (Sagittarius) are auspicious to receive mantras of Viṣṇu.
  • Mesa (Aries), Karkāṭaka (Cancer) and Tulā (Libra) are good for receiving Śivamantras.
  • Mithuna (Gemini), Kanyā (Virgo) and Mina (Pisces) are considered good for imparting or receiving Śakti or the Devī mantras.
  • Inauspicious moments can be known by a study of the lagnakuṇḍali[2] and they must be avoided.


  1. Rāśis are the special signs comprising certain groups of stars.
  2. Lagnakuṇḍali is the chart based on lagna.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore