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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

Nityalilā literally means ‘eternal sport’.

Vallabhācārya[1] was an important teacher of the schools of Vedānta that lays great emphasis on bhakti or devotion to God as the sole means of God-realization and liberation. He classifies the souls into three types:

  1. Pravāha - those who are ever busy with worldly life
  2. Maryādā - those who follow the Vedic path strictly
  3. Puṣṭi - those who worship the Lord out of pure love engendered only through divine grace.

God brings out a puṣṭi-type of soul out of himself, gives him a divine body like his own and sports with him for all time. This divine play is called ‘nityalilā’ wherein God remains subservient to that soul, giving him the joy of his own company. This joy has been technically called, ‘bhajanānanda’.


  1. He lived in A. D. 1473-1531.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore