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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

Rasavidyā literally means ‘science of chemicals,’ ‘alchemy’.

Certain desires like making the physical body not only strong and healthy but also live eternally, seem to be inherent in the human psyche. So also is the desire to convert base metals into gold. Some sections of the scientists and doctors of ancient and medieval country seem to have believed that mercury, sulphur and mica possessed certain extraordinary qualities which were to be rediscovered. This gradually developed into a new branch of science called Rasavidyā. Gorakhnāth,[1] Nāgārjuna[2] and a few others were considered to be experts in this field of science.

A branch of philosophy, known as Raseśvara Darśana has been built around this doctrine. It propagates the theory that rasa[3] and abhraka[4] produced from the divine bodies of Śiva and Pārvatī, when mixed properly, can destroy death and poverty.

Govinda Bhagavatpāda[5] has been cited as one of its ancient teachers. This Raseśvara Darśana is a minor school under Śaivism.


  1. He lived in 11th century A. D.
  2. He lived in 6th century A. D.
  3. Rasa means mercury.
  4. Abhraka means mica.
  5. He was the guru of Śaṅkara
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore