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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

Savikalpaka literally means ‘with details’.

The word Savikalpaka has two applications.

Meaning as per Pratyakṣapramāṇa[edit]

In pratyakṣapramāṇa[1] it refers to a perception with all the details. For instance, when we see a pot and note its general presence, it is nirvikalpaka perception, ‘Here is a pot.’. But when we closely observe its size, color, position and other details it becomes savikalpaka perception. It denotes ‘This is a small black pot kept on a table.’

Meaning as per Samādhi[edit]

As applied to samādhi, it refers to samprajñātasamādhi, wherein all the details of the object of meditation are seen and known very clearly.


  1. Pratyakṣapramāṇa means direct perception.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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