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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.


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By Swami Harshananda

Agneyī-dhāraṇā literally means ‘fixing the mind on the fire principle’.

Conquest of self gives mastery over the whole world. Conquest of the mind leads to the conquest of the self. Works on yoga expound the techniques for controlling the mind.

The pañca-dhāraṇās, five kinds of fixing the mind on prescribed subtle principles, is one method described in the Gheranda Samhitā, a well-known work on Haṭhayoga.

The fire principle is situated at the navel, in the form of a red effulgent triangle. Its presiding deity is Rudra. Fixing the prāṇa along with the mind on this fire principle at the navel for a period of five gaṭis (i.e., 2 hours) is known as ‘agneyī-dhāraṇā.’

Through agneyī-dhāraṇā, the fear of death is destroyed.


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