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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.

Guha panchakam

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Guha is another name of Lord Subramanya. Chanting of this five stanza poem brings wealth, cures diseases and can lead to a happy and prosperous life,

Omkara Nagarastham Tham Nigamandha vaneshwaram,
Nithyamekam Shivam santham vande guham umasutham., 1

Salutations to Guha the son of Uma,
Who lives in the sound Om,
Who owns the forest of Vedantha,
Who is forever stable,
Who is peaceful
And who is peace himself.

Vachamma gocharam Skandham Chidu dyana viharinam,
Gurumurthim mahesanam vande Guham Umasutham., 2

Salutations to Guha the son of Uma,
Who is beyond the reach of words,
Who is Skanda,
Who lives in the garden of meditation,
Who is an ideal teacher,
And who is worshipped even by Lord Shiva.

Sachidananda roopesam samsaradwantha deepakam,
Subramanyam anadyantham vande Guham Umasutham., 3

Salutations to Guha the son of Uma,
Who is personification of truth, god and happiness,
Who provides light to cross the darkness of life,
Who is called Subrahmanya,
And who does not have end nor beginning,

Swaminatham dayasindhum bhavabdha tharakam prabhum,
Nishkalangam gunatheetham vande guham umasutham., 4

Salutations to Guha the son of Uma,
Who is the Lord of the God,
Who is the ocean of mercy,
Who is the bridge to cross the ills of life,
Who is great,
Who is without any blemish,
And who is beyond the concept of qualities.

Nirakaram niradharam nirvikaram niraamayam,
Nirdwandwam cha niralambam vande guham umasutham., 5

Salutations to Guha the son of Uma,
Who is without any form.
Who does not depend on any one,
Who neither becomes happy nor sad,
Who is for ever,
Who does not have another similar to him,
And who does not have attachments.