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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

Abhāva-yoga is literally translated as 'yoga of negation’.

Some Saiva schools of philosophy describe five kinds of yoga, one of which is abhāva-yoga. In this state, the fourth yogic plane is to be ascended. The yogi transcends from the world appearance in its various forms. He is not concerned with the world. To him, village or town is like the place where goblins live (known as the ‘paisācapada’). He goes to inaccessible places like mountain tops or thick jungles to practice this kind of yoga.


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