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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

Introduction About Vijñānabhikṣu[edit]

Vijñānabhikṣu lived in A. D. 1550. Vijñānabhikṣu is a well-known and prolific writer, especially on the Sāṅkhya and Yoga philosophies. Except that he was a sanyāsin[1] and probably lived in Kāśī, nothing else is known about him. Some hazard the guess that he was originally from Bengal. However, there is no clinching evidence to prove it.

Vijñānabhikṣu's Works[edit]

Published Works[edit]

The following are his works:

  1. Vijñānāmrtabhāsyam on the Brahmasutras
  2. Yogavārttika, a commentary on the Vyāsabhāśya of the Yogasutras of Patañjali[2]
  3. Sāñkhyapravacanabhāsya, a commentary on the Sāñkhyasutras of Kapila
  4. Yogasārasañgraha, an independent treatise giving the summary of the Yogasutras
  5. Sāñkhyasāra, a similar work on Sāṅkhya philosophy

Unpublished Works[edit]

Some of the works ascribed to him and not yet published are:

  1. Commentaries on some Upaniṣads
  2. Pāsandamatakhandanam
  3. Brahmādarśa
  4. Vaiśesikadarśanavārttikam
  5. Īśvara-gitābhāsya on the Gitā taken from the Kurmapurāṇa

His interpretation of the Brahmasutras is similar to that of theistic Sāṅkhya.


  1. Sanyāsin means monk.
  2. He lived in 200 B.C.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore