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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

Avabhṛtha literally means ‘that which is pushed down or sunk’.

Avabhṛtha is the final purificatory bath marking the end of Somayāga. This is an ‘iṣṭi,’ a rite needing four priests.

After a number of preliminary rites in the yāgaśālā (sacrificial shed), the yajamāna or sacrificer and his wife proceed to a flowing river or any reservoir, along with the priests, for the final bath. In this process they dispose of the utensils used in the sacrifice and other objects like the antelope skin and yoktra (cord of muñja grass worn by the wife). The utensils are smeared with the soma juice before disposal.

The rite takes place in water. Hence a handful of kuśa grass is thrown on the water serving as the āhavanīya fire for that purpose. A special sāman called avabhṛtha-sāman, is chanted during the rite. The word ‘avabhṛtha-snāna’ is used to indicate the ceremonial bath at the conclusion of any major religious rite like the consecration of a new temple.


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