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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

Ṣatkarmas literally means ‘six purificatory exercises for the body’.

Works on Haṭhayoga lay great stress on cleansing and strengthening the physical body so that it becomes fit enough for the practice of Rājayoga. For this, they prescribe the ṣatkarmas or six purificatory processes. They are:

  1. Dhauti - washing
  2. Basti - cleansing the lower part of the abdomen
  3. Neti - cleaning the nostrils
  4. Laukikī - movement of stomach-muscles
  5. Trāṭaka - gazing without winking
  6. Kapālabhāti - cleansing the inside of cranium


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore