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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

Purṇāhuti literally means ‘the final offering which completes the sacrifice’.

In Vedic sacrifices, purṇāhuti means offering a ladle-full of ghee into the fire. The final offering is made by the priest, in the standing posture. This is then followed by the yajamāna or sacrificer giving gifts to the priests. In many other homas, performed according to the āgamas and the tantras, purṇāhuti represents the final offering with appropriate mantras, indicating the completion of the rite. In such āhutis, the materials used are cloth, coconut, flowers, tāmbula,[1] all of them being soaked in ghee.


  1. Tāmbula means arecanuts and betel leaves.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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