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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.

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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Girija-Narasimha literally means ‘Man-lion incarnation emerging out of a mountain cave’.

Nṛsimha or Narasimha is the fourth in the series of the ten incarnations of Viṣṇu generally known as ‘Daśāvatāras’. His head is that of a lion whereas the rest of the body is that of a human being.

As per the stories of the Bhāgavata[1] and the Visnupurāna,[2] he emerged out of a pillar in the court-hall of the demon-king Hiraṇyakaśipu. However in some iconographical works, he is described as having emerged out of cave in a hill[3] like an infuriated lion in a flash of blinding light.

  • In this form he is alone shown without Lakṣmī or Prahlāda.
  • He may have two or four arms.
  • The upper two hands are holding the usual emblems of Viṣṇu, the conch and the discus.
  • The two lower hands are thrown forward to seize Hiraṇyakaśipu.
  • The complexion of this form is described as white and the garments red.
  • The crown on the head is of the karaṇḍa-makuta (honeycomb) type.


  1. Bhāgavata 7.8.18-23
  2. Visnupurāna 1.32
  3. Giri = hill, ja = born or emerge
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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