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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.

Janārdana Svami

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Janārdana Svami lived in A. D. 1504-1575. When India was attacked by the barbarous aliens, a challenge was raised against the values of life which were considered eternal. This was done mainly by the galaxy of great saints and innumerable groups and sects from all the parts of India. The role of the saints of of Maharashtra was considerable. Janārdana Svāmi was one among them.

Janārdana Swami was born in Cālīsgāv, a small village, in A. D. 1504. He was very well versed with the scriptures and secular sciences. He knew the art of archery, horse-riding and statecraft. He was married to two girls at an early age. After the death of his parents, he took over the responsibilities of the family spending lot of time in worldly pursuits. However one strange spiritual experience in a temple, where he had a vision of Dattātreya, changed the course of his life completely. He received special instructions from sage named Narasimha Sarasvatī in sādhanā (spiritual practice) under a sacred tree. He spent a few days there practicing the austerities and meditation.

A Muslim Navāb was the ruler of that area during those days. He recognized Janārdana’s great qualities and appointed him as the commander of the fort. Janārdana, by his efficient administration brought peace and prosperity to the people under his care. He mostly lived in Dhāreśvara in Devagiri and hold his court there. His biographers state that he would often visit a cave on the nearby hill and have the darśan (‘seeing’) of Dattātreya. He had many disciples including the local Muslims and the Arabs.

He meditated and worshiped on Thursdays and hence did not worked on that day. Noticing this, the Muslim Navāb declared Thursday as the weekly holiday for all the governmental works. Another great saint of Maharashtra, Eknāth, was his chief disciple. Due to his command, Eknāth composed the Bhāgavata in Marāṭhī poetry.

Janārdana Svāmin had many psychic powers which he judiciously used whenever necessary to help others. He has composed a few abhaṅgas (devotional songs) which are sung even today. He passed away in A. D. 1575.


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