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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.

Maya Panchakam

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Adi Shankara Bhagawat Pada
Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Nirupam anithya niramaskhepya khande 
Mayi chithi sarva vikalpanadhi soonye,
Ghatayathi Jagadheesa jeeva bhedham 
Thwagathitha ghatanaa patiyasi maya., 1

The illusion which can weave events that were not intended by you,
Can make them appear in the emptiness of the consciousness,
Which does not have an equal, which is perennial
And which cannot be divided in to parts,
The differences between the soul and the master of universe.

Sruthi satha nigamatha sodhakan
Apyahaha dhanadini darsanena sadhya,
Kalushayathi chathush padadhyabhinna,
Na ghatitha gatana patiyasi maya., 2

Does not illusion which can weave events that were not intended,
Make even those who have researched Vedas and hundreds of treatises,
Not very different from the four legged beings, by spoiling their mind,
By offering them riches and other tempting possessions, alas.

Sukha chidha kanda vibodhamadwitheeyam,
Viya danaladhi vinirmathe niyojya,
Bhramayathi bhava sagare nithantham,
Thwagathitha ghatanaa patiyasi maya., 3

The illusion which can weave events that was not intended by you,
Makes the pleasant, indivisible and second to none consciousness,
Appear as if it is associated with the body of the five elements,
And makes it confused and drown forever in the ocean of births.

Apagatha guna varna jathibhedhe,
Sukhachithi vipra vidadhyaham akruthim cha,
Sphutayathi sutha dara geha moham,
Thwagathitha ghatanaa patiyasi maya., 4

The illusion which can weave events that was not intended by you,
Makes the consciousness which is devoid of differences in quality, colour and caste,
Feel within itself differences in form of people such as Brahmin and Vaisya,
And create attachments such as wife, son and house.

Vidhi hari hara vibhedha mapya khande,
Batha virachayya budhaana api prakamam,
Bramayathi hari hara bhedha bhava,
Nagathitha ghatanaa patiyasi maya., 5

Does not illusion which can weave events that was not intended,
Makes even the well read wise men of the world,
Who know that laws do not tell of the differences between Vishnu and Shiva,
Delude themselves and make them see differences in Shiva and Vishnu.