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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

Plāvinī literally means ‘that which makes one float and flow’.

The art and science of controlling the prāṇa[1] is technically called prāṇāyāma. Kumbhaka is its third aspect where retention of breath is the most important function. This kumbhaka is of nine types of which plāvinī is also the one. In this, the belly is filled with the air that is circulating within the body, making the body light enough to float even on deep waters, like the leaf of a lotus. The technique itself, mentioned in the works like the Haṭhayoga-pradipikā,[2] should be learnt and mastered from an expert in the field.


  1. Prāṇa means vital air, life-force.
  2. Haṭhayoga-pradipikā 2.70
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore