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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

Svarodayavijñāna literally means ‘science of prediction depending on the breather’s health’.

The air we breathe in is interconnected with the prāṇa[1] in the body and the mind. Hence by controlling the act of breathing which is technically called svara, it is possible to control health, achieve longevity and predict certain things.

Normally, breathing takes place through one nostril at a time and it changes over to the other after an hour. When the breathing happens through left nostril, it is connected with the iḍā-nādi. When the breathing happens through right nostril, it is connected with the piñgalā-nāḍi. When it is flowing smoothly through both, it is connected with the suṣumnā-nāḍi. This science teaches the methods of changing the svara or respiration from one to the other. Perfection in Svarodayavijñāna can endow the person with several supernatural powers.


  1. Prāṇa means vital air or energy.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore