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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

Granthi literally means ‘knot’.

‘Granthi’ means a knot. Just as a knot binds something, the three guṇas bind the jīva (individual soul) to the world of nature. These guṇas:

  1. Sattva
  2. Rajas
  3. Tamas

A person has to untie them, cut them, to transcend them and rise to the level of the spirit. In the tāntrik literature three granthis have been described. They are:

  1. Brahmagranthi - The Brahmagranthi is situated between mulādhāra and svādhiṣṭhāna.
  2. Viṣṇugranthi - The Viṣṇugranthi is situated between maṇipura and anāhata.
  3. Rudra-granthi - The Rudragranthi is situated between viśuddha and ājñā.

They obstruct the upward movement of the Kuṇḍalinī power. Each of the six cakras (like mulādhāra and svādhiṣṭhāna) has two granthis on either side. The Kuṇḍalinī-śakti or power pierces these three granthis before reaching the sahasrāra, when roused by proper yogic exercises under the guidance of an expert.


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

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