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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.

Chathusloki Bhagawatham

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

These few verses occur in the discussion between Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma in the second chapter of Bhagawatham. Though there are seven verses, first two verses are introductory in nature and the last one is the concluding verse.

Sri Bhagawan Uvacha:

The God said:

Jnanam parama guhyam yea yad vignana samanvitham,
Sarahasyam thadangam cha grahana gaditham maya., 1

Please hear from me that knowledge of mine,
Which is mystic and governed by reason,
And which is kept as a very secret,
And please understand it carefully.

Yavan aaham yada bhavo yad roopa guna karmaka,
Thadaiva Thathwa vignamasthu they madanugrahath., 2

Due to my mercy and blessing, you would understand,
That knowledge fully and completely,
Which explains my transcendental existence,
My moods, my philosophy, my form and my properties.

Aahameva samevagre nanyad yatsa thatparam,
Paschadaham yadethascha yo aavasishyeth so asyaham., 3

I only was there before creation,
And nothing else was there,
Afterwards again I only was there,
And in future, I only will be there.

Kruthe artha yath prathiyeth na prathiyeth cha aathmani,
Thad vidhya dathmano maayaam yadha aabhaso yadha thama., 4

Anything which is told as having any meaning,
If it does not have any relation to me,
Is knowledge of the soul that is an illusion,
And is without light and is very dark.

Yada mahaanthi bhoothani bhootheshcha vacheshvanu,
Pravishtanya pravishtani thada theshu na theshwaham., 5

Like the five great elements,
Which are present and not present,
In all elements of the world,
I exist, within everything that is created,
And also outside of those same things.

Ethavadeva jiggnasyam Thathwa jigna sunathmana,
Anvaya vyathirekhabhyam yathsyath sarvathra sarvadha., 6

There is great curiosity,
To know about the soul,
Its principle and existence,
Which ends with these words,
Which are everywhere and for always

Ethan matham samathishta paramena samadhina,
Bhavan kalpa vikalpeshu, na vimuhyathi karhichith., 7

He who searches for this supreme truth,
With his mind fully under control,
Will in all space and time,
Be set free in no time.

Ithi Srimad Bhagawathe maha purane aashta dasa sahasthrayam samhithayam 
vaisikhyam dwitheeya skande bhagawat brahma samvade chatu sloki bhagawatha sampoornam.

Thus ends the "Bhagawatham(story of the lord) told in four verses", which occurs in the second section called “Discussion between Vishnu and Brahma”, in the great book Bhagawatham.