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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

The Yogasutras of Patañjali (200 B. C.) warns the yogi that he must not succumb to the temptations of sthānis. Sthānis are those who occupy celestial worlds like Indra. One should not fall a prey to egoism in the process of rejecting their offers.[1]

The commentator Vyāsa (A. D. 600) divides the yogis into four categories out of which the madhubhumika (yogi) is the second. He is the one who has attained ṛtambharaprajñā,[2] and therefore is capable of straightforward and truthful perception. The advice in the sutra 51 is meant for him.


  1. Yogasutras 3.51
  2. Vyāsabhāsya on the Yogasutras 1.48
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore