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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 expose the correspondence between textbooks and the colonial-racist discourse. This racist discourse 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.


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By Swami Harshananda

Āditya-darśana literally means ‘seeing the sun’.

A person has to undergo certain sanskāras or sacraments - religious rites conducive to inner evolution at various stages of his life. The dharmaśāstras list them as sixteen; hence the name ‘sodaśa- sanskāras’ (ṣodaśa = 16).

One such ṣanskāra is called as ‘niṣkramana’ (‘going out’). It consists of taking the baby outside the lying-in chamber for the first time, to see the sun. This is called as ‘āditya-darśana.’


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

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