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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

This is a minor upaniṣad belonging to the Śākta school, dealing with Śakti or the Divine Mother. It has been classed under the Atharvaṇaveda. The Śākta school holds that Brahman the Absolute, the ultimate cause and substratum of this universe, is also the Śakti or the primordial power. It is also called ‘prakāśa’ or the Supreme Light.

When it deliberates to manifest the creation out of itself, the deliberation itself is called as ‘vimarśa'. It results in a movement or vibration known as ‘spanda.’ The interplay of prakāśa and vimarśa increases the spanda gradually resulting in a graded manifestation of this world of name and form. The rays emerging from the supreme light in the course of various stages of manifestation array themselves in a form pattern which is now well-known as Śrīcakra. It is a master-plan of the universe which is a symbol image and abode of Śakti or the Divine Mother. They are variously called as

  1. Lalitā - The Mother of grace
  2. Rāja-Rājeśvarī - Her most Imperial Majesty
  3. Kāmeśvarī - The Mother of love

The purāṇas describe the Śrīcakra as the central place of the city of the great Goddess. However this Śrīcakra is within oneself. This upaniṣad teaches us the ‘bhāvanā’ or the right attitude or mode of meditation to rediscover the Śrīcakra within oneself. Hence it is called Bhāvanopaniṣad.

Since whatever is in the macrocosm is also in the microcosm. If one wants to know microcosm one can know it from the macrocosm. The bhāvanā or meditation taught here starts from the outermost cakra or diagram of the Śrīcakra and traverses step by step from the whole gamut of the nine cakras to the innermost cakra.

In this process the aspirant identity is established part by part, limb by limb, from the outermost being to the innermost being, the very soul. As a culmination everything is experienced as pure consciousness and one’s own body becomes full of bliss. The aspirant thus realizes the light or becomes one with it.

The Upaniṣad declares that the act of meditation is itself worship; and gives symbolic meaning of terms like arghya (water offered for washing hands) or homa (duly consecrated fire-offerings).


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