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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.

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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Mantrayoga literally means ‘yoga through mantra’.

The Vāyaviya Samhitā is an important work on Śaivism. It describes yoga as of five kinds. Mantrayoga is the first in the series. It is that yoga in which, by the constant repetition of the mantra imparted by the guru, the mental states become steady. When this is associated with prāṇāyāma or breath-control, it is called Sparśayoga. Sparśayoga develops into Bhāvayoga when mantrajāpa or the repetition of the mantra stops automatically, leaving only the bhāva or feeling. By further practice, the world appears in its various forms, disappears, thus leading to Abhāvayoga. At the last stage of spiritual evolution union with Śiva is attained. This is Mahāyoga. The eight steps of yoga described in the Yogasutras of Patañjali[1] are also included in this practice.


  1. He lived in 200 B. C.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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