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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.

Vinayagar Sapthakam(Tamil)

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Sri Vinayaga sapthakam(tamil)
(The seven stanza prayer addressed to Ganesa)

Translated by

1.Guruve, Paraman kozhunde panithen,
Kuvalayam pothum Gana Nadha,
Varuvai ninaivil Vandhu yenai aalvai,
Vadivelanin sodharane,
Arulvai, unaye anu dinam paniven,
Annai Parashakthi arul magane,
Dheena rakshagane , Gana nadhaa.

Oh teacher, Oh darling baby of Shiva, I bow before you,
Oh Lord of Ganas who is praised by all the world,
Come in to my thoughts and rule over me,
Oh brother of Vadi vela(Subrahmanya),
Shower your grace, I would daily bow before you,
Oh divine son of Goddess Para Shakthi,
Oh protector of the down trodden , Oh Lord of Ganas.

2.Aanayin anban , azhagu muruganin,
Annanaai ulagil avatharithai,
Aanai mugathodu , iyngaram kondathor ,
Arputha vadive Gana Nadha ,
Yaan , yenathu yenuum yennangal neeki ,
Iga param athai yenakku alippau,
Yaan unai yendrum ira pagal thozhuthen ,
Yen thuyar kalivai Gana nadha.

You took birth in this world,
As a friend of elephant and elder brother of pretty Subrahmanya,
Oh Lord of Ganas who had the wonderful form,
With elephant face and five hands,
Please remove the feeling of me and mine from me,
And give me pleasant life now and in heaven,
I always worship you , day and night,
Please remove my sorrow , Oh Lord of Ganas.

3.Kunjarane , yezhir kunjari nadhanaam,
Guha sarvana bhava sodharane,
Ven chamar yethilum vethiye tharuvai,
Vezha mugathoi , Gana nadha,
Anjidum anbarkku abhayam alippai,
Aravanaithu yenayum aandarulvai,
Panchami , bhairavi , parvatha puthri,
Parvathi mainthaa, Gana Nadhaa.

Oh God of the forest who is the younger brother,
Of Guha Sarvana Bhava who is the Lord of the forest girl,
Please grant me victory in all battles,
Oh elephant faced one, Oh Lord of Ganas,
Please give protection to the devotees with fear,
Please hug me and rule over me,
Oh son of Parvathi , who is panchami, Bhairavi and daughter of the mountain.

4.Vallabhai Nadhaa, Vigna Vinayaka,
Vazhthi panithen un padame,
Val vinai yellam valimai izhandhe,
Vaadida cheyvai , Gana Nadha,
Thol vinayal ivan thuyar urum adiyen,
Thunbamellam nee thudaithiduvai,
Allodu pagalum anavarathamum Un,
Adiyinai Thozhven Gana Nadha.

Oh Lord of Vallabha devi, Oh God removing obstacles,
I praise and bow before your feet,
Oh Lord of Ganas, Make all the strong fate ,
Fade away without any strength,
When I am being troubled by the fate of previous births,
Please wipe away all my sorrows ,
Oh Lord of Ganas, day and night without stop,
I always salute your feet.

5.Vanodu neerum valiyum theeyum,
Vayyaga yaavum , un vadive,
Manida vazhvai magizhvura chivai ,
Mangala porule Gana Nadha,
Thenodu palum thengodu pazhamum,
Thevitta amudham dhinamum padaippen,
Oonodu uyirum unarvum purappai,
Unnadi thozhuthen, Gana Nadha.

Oh Lord of Ganas, this earth,
Along with sky, water, air and fire are only your forms,
Oh auspicious object make this human life full of joy,
I would offer you insatiable nectar along,
With honey, milk , coconut and fruits daily,
Oh God who introduces soul and feelings to this body,
I salute your feet, Oh Lord of Ganas.

6.Om yenum vadive , un vadivaam yena,
Ulagirkku yellam nee unarthiduvai,
Aam yena cholvai, Annai Kumara,
Aadarithu arulvai Gana Nadha,
Om yenum oliyil un kural kette,
Ula magihndu un pugazh paadiduven,
Om yenum porule , umyaval Bala,
Oru param porule , Gana nadha.

Please make the entire world understand,
That the letter Om, is only your form,
Please tell yes to me, Oh son of our divine mother,
Oh Lord of Ganas, please support me and show your grace ,
Hearing your voice in the sound OM,
I would sing your praises with mind full of joy,
Oh son of Parvathi, Oh the letter Om,
Oh only divine object, Oh Lord of Ganas.

7.Sankaran magane , chanchalm theerpaai,
Shakthi Kumara, Gana Nadha,
Iymkarane , un adiyinai thozhuthen,
Adaikkalam neeye gana nadha,
Saharithiduvai sangadam yellam,
Shambhu Kumara, Gana Nadha,
Sankari maintha, santhatham paniven,
Saranam, saranam, Gana Nadha.

Oh son of Lord Shiva , please remove my nervousness,
Oh so of Shakthi, Oh Lord of Ganas,
Oh God with five hands, I salute at your feet,
For you are my only source of surrender,
Please destroy all my sorrows,
Oh son of Shambhu, Oh Lord of Ganas,
Oh son of Parvathi , I always bow before you,
I surrender, I surrender, Oh Lord of Ganas.

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