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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.

Saptha Sloki Gita

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

These seven slokas in this order from Bhagawad Gita have been published by Gita press, Gorakpur, in their collection of stotras called Stotraratnavali. It presents in a nutshell, the teachings contained in the 700 slokas of Bhagawad Gita. This Saptha Sloki Gita is recited as a daily prayer by Kashmiri Pundits for hundrerds of years.

Bhagawan Uvacha:
Om ithyaksharam Brahma,
Vyaharan maam anusmaran,
Ya prayathi thyajan deham,
Sa Yathi Pramamam gathim., 1(8-13)

The God said:

He who, meditates on me,
As “Om”, which in Brahman,
While leaving this ephemeral body,
Will surely attain the most supreme state.

Arjuna Uvacha:
Sthane Hrisikesa, Thava prakeerthya,
Jagath prahrushthya anurajyathe cha,
Rakshamsi bheethani diso dravanthi,
Sarve namasyanthi cha sidha sangha., 2(11-36)

Arjuna said:

In this state, Oh Lord, Singing about you.
The world is happy and is rejoicing,
To see the evil ones flying away with fear,
And all those devoted ones saluting you.

Bhagawan Uvacha:
Sarvatha pani padam thath,
Sarvatho akshi siro mukham,
Sarvatha sruthimalloke,
Sarvamavithya thishtahi., 3(13-14)

The God said:

It has hands and legs everywhere,
It has eyes head and mouth everywhere,
It has ears everywhere in this world,
And it exists as every thing in this world.

Kavim purana anusasithara,
Manoramaneeyaam samanusmaredhya,
Sarvasya dhataram machinthya roopa
Madithya varnam thamasa parasthath., 4(8-9)

Think of Him, as ancient, spread everywhere,
Ruler of all, much subtler part of an atom,
Protector of all with his form which is beyond thought,
With the colour of Sun and transcendental beyond dark thoughts.

Oordhwamoolamadha sakham,
Aswatham prahooravyayam,
Chandamsi yasya parnani,
Yastham Veda sa Vedavith., 5(15-1)

With roots above and branches Growing down,
This Banyan tree with Vedas as its leaves,
Is everlasting and immortal,
And whosoever knows it, really knows the Vedas.

Sarvasya chaham, hrudhi sannivishto,
Matha smrithir jnana mapohanam cha,
Vedaischa sarvaii, rahameva Vedhyo,
Vedanthakruth veda vidheva chaham., 6(15-15)

I live in everybody’s heart,
And from me one gets,
Memory, wisdom and forgetfulness,
And for all the Vedas, I am the one that is to be known,
For I created them and I am the one who knows them.

Manmana bhava Mad bhaktho,
Madhyajee maam Namakuru,
Mamevaishyasi sathyam they,
Prathijane priyo asi may., 7(18-65)

Concentrate your mind on me,
Always show devotion to me,
Sacrifice for me, salute me,
And I swear to you because you are dear to me,
That definitely you will reach me.