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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

Antardhānatva literally means ‘the capacity to become invisible’.

Patañjali, the great teacher of Yoga, has described in his Yogasutras several siddhis or miraculous powers, which a yogi can obtain through saṃyama.

Saṃyama can be obtained by practicing these as follows:

  1. Dhāraṇā - Fixing the mind on the object of meditation
  2. Dhyāna - Continuous flow of the mind-stuff towards it
  3. Samādhi - Super-conscious experience

When the yogi practices sarṃyama upon the inherent capacity of his own body to be seen by others, thus controlling it, and by arresting its function, he becomes invisible to others. This siddhi is called antardhānatva.[1]


  1. Yogasutras 3.21.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore