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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

Brahmarandhra literally means ‘the crevice of Brahman’.

The crevice in the crown of the head is called ‘brahmarandhra’ since Brahman (īśvara or God) is said to have entered this body through this randhra or crevice. Brahman made it alive by creating it.[1]

If a person manages to leave the body at the time of death, through this randhra, he goes to Brahmaloka or the world of Brahmā. Hence it is named so. This is possible only for great yogis, persons of very high spiritual evolution. Works on Haṭhayoga describe this brahmarandhra as the top end of the suṣumnā canal.


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