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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.

Mahalakshmi ki aarthi

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Mahalakshmi ji ki aarthi (version I)

Translated by

(AArthis are Hindi prayers recited by common people in front of the Gods waving lamps. I have given two versions of this prayer slightly different from each other.)

1.Om Jai Laxmi Mata
Uma Rama Brahmaani, Tum ho Jag Mata, Maiya, Tum ho Jag Mata, Surya ChanraMa dhyaavat, Naarad Rishi gaata. Om Jai Laxmi Mata.

You are Parvathi , Lakshmi , Saraswathi, the mother of the world,
Oh mother, you are the mother of the world,
Son and moon pray to you, sage Narada sings about you.
Om victory to mother Lakshmi.

2.Durga Roop Niranjani, Sukh Sampati Data, Maiya Sukh Sampati Data Jo koyee tumko dhyaataa, Ridhee Sidhee dhan paataa Om Jai Laxmi Mata.

Oh birth less one, who takes the form of Durga, who gives pleasure and wealth,
Mother who gives pleasure and wealth,
He who meditates on you would get prosperity , power and wealth,
Om victory to mother Lakshmi

3.Jis ghar mein tu rehtee, sab sukh guna aataa, Maiya sab sukh guna aataa, Taap paap mit jaataa, Man naheen ghabraataa. Om Jai Laxmi Mata

The house where you live would get all pleasures,
Mother they would get all pleasures,

4.Dhoop Deep phal meva, Ma sweekaar karo, Maiya Ma sweekaar karo, Gyaan prakaash karo Ma, Moha agyaan haro. Om Jai Laxmi Mata.

Mother accept incense, light , fruits and sweets,
Mother please accept,
Make my intelligence bright , mother kill passion and ignorance ,
Om victory to mother Lakshmi.

5.Maha Laxmiji ki Aarti, jo gaavey Maiya nis din jo gaavey, Uraananda samata, paap uttar jata. Om Jai Laxmi Mata.

He who sings this prayer song of mother Lakshmi,
And daily if he sings it,
The happiness and contentment will increase and sins would be destroyed.
Om victory to mother Lakshmi.

Lakshmi aarthi
(version II)

Translated by

1.Jai Lakshmi mata,
Maiyaa jaya Lakshmi mata,
Tumko nish din dyavath ,
Hara Vishnu vidathaa

Victory to mother Lakshmi,
Victory to mother goddess Lakshmi,
Vishnu and Shiva pray to you day and night daily.

2.Brahmani, Rudarani kamala,
Thoo hee hai jaga mathaa,
Surya chandrama dhyavatha ,
Narada rishi gatha.

You are the consort of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu ,
You are the mother of the universe ,
Sun God and moon God pray to you
And sage Narada sings about you.

3.Durgaa roopa niranthara ,
Suka sampathi dathaa,
Jo koi thumko dhyavataa,
Ridhi sidhi dhan pathaa

You always have the form of Durga
You give comforts and wealth,
And to him who prays to you,
You grant prosperity , power and monetary wealth.

4.Thu hi hai patala basanthi,
Thu hi shubha dathaa,
Karma prabhava prakasaka,
Jaga nidhi ke trathaa

You only live in the land of Patala ,
You are the one who gives good things,
You glorify the results of Karma ,
And you are the protector of worldly wealth.

5.Jis ghar mein thu rahthi ,
Saba sadguna aatha ,
Kar sake koi kar le ,
Mana nahi gabaratha

In the home where you live ,
All good characters subsist ,
And there people would do what they can,
Without their mind getting afraid.

6.Thuma bin yagya na hove,
Vasthra na koi patha,
Khana paana ka vaibhav,
Saba thum say hi aatha.

Without you no sacrifice can be performed,
And without you one does not get cloths ,
And also money for eating and drinking ,
For all these come from you.

7.Shubha guna mandhira Sundara ,
Ksheerodhadhi jaathaa,
Ratana chathurdasa thum hi ,
KOi nahi patha.

Oh Goddess born out of milk ocean,
Oh pretty temple of all virtues,
You are the fourteen types of precious gems,
Which no one else has got.

8.Aarthi Lakshmi ji kee,
Jo koi nara gatha,
Ura ananda umanga aathi,
Papa Uthara jathaa.

To the man who sings,
This aarthi of Goddess Lakshmi,
Joy and ebbing happiness will result ,
And all his sins would be pardoned.