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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.

Vibhuti, vibhutis

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Different Inferences of Vibhuti or Vibhutis[edit]

  • Vibhuti or vibhut is is another name for bhasma, the holy ash smeared on the forehead and other parts of the body by the śaivas.
  • The word is also used in the sense of special or extraordinary powers of God, or the siddhis, the yogic powers that a yogi gains as a result of samyama on various objects.
  • The tenth chapter of the Bhagavadgītā is called Vibhutiyoga.
  • The third chapter of the Yogasutras of Patañjali[1] has been named Vibhutipāda.


  1. He lived in 200 A. C.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore