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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.

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Aśuklakrsna

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By Swami Harshananda

Aśuklakrsna literally means ‘that which is neither white nor black’.

This is a special term used by Patañjali (200 B. C.) in his celebrated work the Yogasutras.[1] Normally the karma of individuals that fructify in this life or in the future lives is classified either as ‘śukla’ (‘white;’ i.e., puṇya or meritorious) or as ‘kṛṣṇa’ (‘black;’ i.e., pāpa or sinful). The former bring good results whereas the latter cause evil effects.

But the karmas done by a perfected yogin are neither kṛṣṇa nor śukla, since he never commits sins; and offers the fruits of all his meritorious deeds to īśvara or God. Hence his karma is known as ‘aśukla- akṛṣṇa,’ ‘neither white nor black’ and does not produce any result that will bind him in any way.


References[edit]

  1. Yogasutras 4.7
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore