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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

The jīvātman or the bound soul has three śarīras or bodies. They are:

  1. Sthula śarīra - gross body
  2. Sukṣma or liṅgaśarīra - subtle body
  3. Kāraṇaśarīra - causal body

Types of Liṅgaśarīra[edit]

The sukṣma or the liṅga śarira comprises of sixteen parts. It is directly responsible for punarjanma or transmigration. The sixteen parts are:

  1. Five jñānendriyas - organs of knowledge like the eyes
  2. Five karmendriyas - organs of action like the hands
  3. Five prāṇas - vital airs like prāṇa and apāna
  4. Mind - including the buddhi or the intellect


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