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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.

Deva deva Shivananda

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated By P.R.Ramachander

This prayer is addressed to Swami Shivananda who lived in Haridwar and established the Divine Life Society[1].

Mangalam yogi varyaya, mahaneeya gunabhdhaye,
Ganga theera nivasaya, Shivanandaya Mangalam.., 1

Let all the good happen to Shivananda,
Who lives in the shore of Ganges,
Lat all the good,happen to the great Yogi,
Who is great and a treasure of good qualities.

Dev dev Shivananda dheenabhandho pahi maam,
Chandra vadana manda hasa prem swaroopa raksha maam,
Madhura Geetha gana lola Jnana roopa pahi maam,
Samashtha loka poojaneeya mohananga raksha maam.., 2

Take care of me,God of gods, Shivananda who is friend of the oppressed
Look after me Moon faced one with pleasant smile and love personified
Take care of me, Sweet voiced one, who is moved by music and wisdom personified,
Take care of me, one who is worshipped by whole world and one who is handsome.

Divya ganga theera vasa dhana sheela pahi maam,
Papa haran punya sheela parama purusha raksha maam,
Bhaktha loka hrudhaya vasa swaminadha pahi maam,
Chithswaroopa chidanand Shivanand pahi maam.., 3

Take care of me one who lives in the shore of Ganges and who is charitable by nature,
Look after me one who removes sins who is of good nature and a divine man,
Take care of me one who lives in the heart of devotees and is the lord of God,
Take care of me one who has divine form. has divine joy and is Shivananda.


  1. Ashram Prayer Book, Swami Shivananda Ashram, Haridwar