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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.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Kuśāsana literally means ‘seat of kuśa grass’.

A conducive external atmosphere is equally necessary as internal conditions like the health of the body and a peaceful mind for good meditation. A level and clean place, away from all sources of noise and disturbance is a must.[1] Sitting posture is the most comfortable one.[2] For this, a good seat is necessary.

The Bhagavadgitā[3] recommends a seat comprising the kuśa grass, the deerskin and a cotton cloth spread one over the other in that order. The first one is called kuśāsana, a seat made of kuśa grass.[4] Nowadays, kuśāsanas made of kuśa grass woven like a small mat are available in the market.

Since the kuśa grass is considered holy and is closely associated with religious rites and ceremonies, the kuśāsana is recommended for meditation and religious ceremonies.


  1. Svetāśvatara Upanisad 2.10
  2. Brahmasutras 4.1.17
  3. Bhagavadgitā 6.11
  4. It's scientific name is Poa cynosuroides.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore