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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

Pārijāta literally means ‘that which was born on the other shore'.

The Kalpataru or the wish-yielding tree is said to have been born out of the ocean during samudramathana or the churning of the ocean for obtaining the amṛta or ambrosia. According to other versions found in the puraṇas, the Kalpataru is not one tree but a general name indicating five such trees. All these trees have the same powers of fulfilling the wishes of those that seek them. These trees situated in Indra’s garden in heaven are:

  1. Haricandana
  2. Kalpavṛkṣa
  3. Mandāra
  4. Pārijāta or Pārijātaka
  5. Santāna

Once Aditi, the first wife of the great sage Kaśyapa, pleased him by her devoted service. When he asked her to seek a boon she wished to possess quite a few things, which was difficult. However, Kaśyapa created the Pārijāta tree which had the power to grant anything that its possessor would ask for.

Since Kaśyapa created it in a place on the opposite bank of the river Gaṅgā, it was called ‘Pārijāta’ or ‘born on the other shore’. Once, Srīkṛṣna, at the request of queen Satyabhāmā, is said to have uprooted it from Indra’s garden and planted it in his own royal garden in Dvārakā.


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