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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Śivagitā literally means ‘song of Śiva’.

Origin of Śivagitā[edit]

The well-known Bhagavadgitā has inspired many similar works. The Mahābhārata, the Bhāgavata and the purāṇas contain forty such treatises out of which the Śivagitā is also the one. Though claimed to be a part of the Padmapurāṇa, most of the printed versions except the Gauḍīya or Beṅgāli recension, do not contain it.

Contents of Śivagitā[edit]

The śivagitā as available now has sixteen chapters. It is in the form of a dialogue, first between Śrī Rāma and the sage Agastya and later between Śrī Rāma and Śiva. The contents may be summarized briefly as follows:

Chapter 1[edit]

The guruparamparā[1] is described here.

Chapter 2 and 3[edit]

Sage Agastya initiates Śri Rāma into śivadīkṣā. It is an esoteric method connected with meditation and worship of Śiva.

Chapters 4 and 5[edit]

Śrī Rāma worships Śiva, gets a vision of the empirical universe, how it is created, sustained and withdrawn by Śiva and how Śiva reveals that Rāvaṇa and others are already destroyed by their own evil deeds. Śrī Rāma has only to be nimitta or proximate cause.

Chapters 6 and 7[edit]

Śrī Rāma questions about the cosmic form of Śiva or Umā-Maheśvara. The same is revealed to him.

Chapters 8 and 9[edit]

These chapters describe how the living beings are born and also their physiology and psychology.

Chapter 10[edit]

This chapter describes the svarupa or the intrinsic nature of the jīva or the individual soul. When associated with the upādhis[2] it appears as limited. When shorn of them it is the same as Brahman.

Chapter 11[edit]

This chapter delineates the well- known arcirādimārga[3] and the dhumādimārga[4] that a jīva has to take after death. The descriptions are the same as given in the Upaniṣads.

Chapter 12[edit]

According to this chapter, Śiva can be worshiped both as the Supreme Deity[5] and as the immanent deity.[6]

Chapter 13[edit]

Four kinds of mukti like sāmīpya are described here.

Chapter 14[edit]

The pañcakośas[7] and the ātman are separate from them. This is the main subject matter here.

Chapter 15[edit]

Essentials of bhakti are the contents of this chapter.

Chapter 16[edit]

The qualifications required for an adhikārin[8] are described here.


  1. Guruparamparā means succession of teachers.
  2. Upādhis means limiting adjuncts.
  3. Arcirādimārga means the path of light.
  4. Dhumādimārga means the path of smoke.
  5. Supreme deity means Parameśvara.
  6. Immanent deity means Sarvāntaryāmin.
  7. Pañcakośas means five sheaths.
  8. Adhikārin means competent aspirant.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore