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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

Rahasyatraya literally means ‘the three secrets or mysteries’.

Aspects of Viśiṣṭādvaita[edit]

The Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta propagated chiefly by Rāmānuja[1] accepts two basic truths:

  1. Tattvatraya - in its theoretical aspect
  2. Rahasyatraya - in its practical aspect

Content or Rahasyatraya[edit]

The rahasyatraya comprises of three mantras:

  1. The aṣṭākṣarī - eight-lettered mantra of Lord Nārāyaṇa
  2. The dvaya - a pair of mantras pertaining to Nārāyaṇa and surrendering at his feet
  3. The caramaśloka[2] - mantras giving the response of the Lord to the surrendered devotee

These mantras are to be received ceremonially from a competent teacher.


  1. He lived in A. D. 1017-1137.
  2. Gītā 18.66
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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