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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

Significance of Suryagītā[edit]

Suryagītā is one of the minor Gitās composed in imitation of the well-known Bhagavadgītā. It forms a part of a bigger work, Gurujñāna-vāsistha-tattvasārāyana. It is spread over five chapters and has 376 verses. It is in the form of a dialogue between the charioteer Aruṇa and his master Surya. The philosophy is Śivādvaita, advaita centered round Śiva.

Content of Suryagītā[edit]

Mukti is attained by the combined practice of jñāna,[1] karma[2] and upāsanā.[3] For a sādhaka[4] all the three are equally important. There is a nice description of the eternal attributes[5] and the playful attributes[6] of Śiva followed by the attributes of a perfected soul called karmiśreṣṭha. These are similar to those of the sthitapragña in the Bhagavadgitā.[7]


  1. Jñāna means knowledge.
  2. Karma means action, rituals.
  3. Upāsanā means meditation.
  4. Sādhaka means spiritual aspirant.
  5. Eternal attributes are nityavibhutis.
  6. Playful attributes are līlāvibhutis.
  7. Bhagavadgitā 2.55-72
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore