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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.

Sri Brihaspathi Stotram

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

This rare Stotra is addressed to Brahaspathi the teacher of all devas and the planet Jupiter. Jupiter occupies a rasi for one year. When it is with Chandra(our Rasi), third, fourth eighth, tenth and twelfth house from our rasi, it brings bad luck. This stotra chanted on Thursdays during this period will bring solace.

Gurur brahaspathir jeeva suracharyo vidham vara,
Vageeso dhishino deerga samasru peethambaro yuva., 1

Teacher, lord of prayer of beings, Teacher of demi gods,
Greatest among the mighty, lord of words,preceptor,
One having a long beard, he who is young and wears yellow silk.

Sudha drushtir, grahadheeso, grha peeda apaharaka,
Daya kara, soumya moorthi, surarchya, kudmala dhyuthi., 2

He whose sight is nectar like, lord of all planets,
He who steals away the bad effects of all planets,
He who is merciful, he who is soft looking,
He who is the teacher of devas,, he who looks like a bud,

Loka poojyo, loka guru, neethigno, neethi karaka,
Tharapathi schangeeraso Veda vedya pithamaha., 3

He who is respected by all, the teacher of all,
He who is just, he who implements justice,
Lord of all stars. he who is the son of Angeerasa,
He who is worshipped by Vedas, grand father,

Bhakthya brahaspathim smruthwa, namanyethani ya padeth,
Arogi, bhalavan sriman, puthravan sa bhaven nara., 4

He who remembers Brahaspathi with devotion and recites these names,
Would be free from disease, would be strong,
Would be wealthy, and would be blessed with several sons.

Jeevedvarsha satham marthya, papam nasyathi, nasyathi,
Ya poojayeth guru dhine peetha gandha akshathambarai., 5

He who worships him on Thursdays, with sandal, holy rice and silk,
Would live for one hundred years and all his sins would be destroyed.

Pushpa dheepo upa haraischa poojayithwa Brhaspathim,
Brahmanan bhojayithwa cha peeda shanthir bhaved guro., 6

Guru would remove all problems and bless with peace,
Those who worship with light, flower and presents,
And serve food to Brahmins.