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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

Yogavidhi literally means ‘method of yoga’.

This is a word that has been used only in the Kathā Upaniṣad.[1] This Upaniṣad declares at the very end that Naciketas attained Brahman after knowing from Yama, the god of death, the following:

  1. Vidyā - spiritual wisdom
  2. Yogavidhi - the method of yoga

Yogavidhi is a discipline described earlier in the verse.[2] It consists of withdrawing the five organs of knowledge from their external objects along with the mind and make the intellect steady in Brahman. However, it is not only Naciketas but anyone else also who follows this yogavidhi, that attains the deathless state.


  1. Kathā Upaniṣad 6.18
  2. Kathā Upaniṣad 6.10
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore