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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

Mahābhāva literally means ‘the great emotion’.

This is a technical term especially used by the Bengal school of Vaiṣṇavism nourished by Śrīkṛṣṇa Caitanya (A. D. 1485-1533), his disciples and his followers.

An ordinary bhāva or emotion is the joy derived from enjoying the worldly objects. When the object is God Himself and the intensity of joy reaches such a height that the devotee feels himself as one with God, it is termed ‘mahābhāva’. The gopis of Vṛndāvana are normally given as the best example for this state. Śrīkṛṣṇa Caitanya also is believed to have experienced this state quite often.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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