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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

Mahālaya literally means ‘the great dissolution’.

In the works dealing with Haṭhayoga, the word ‘mahālaya’ or layayoga is used in the sense of samādhi.[1] The jiva or the individual soul loses his identity in Śiva or Paramātman in this.[2] It is just like a drop of water which gets merged in the sea or salt gets dissolved in the water.

The sādhana of layayoga has nine parts. The word Mahālaya also represents Mahālaya Amāvāsyā occurring in September-October, when the pitṛpakṣa[3] comes to an end. It also indicates the commencement of the Dasara festival from the next day.


  1. Samādhi is the highest super conscious experience.
  2. Paramātman is the supreme self.
  3. Pitṛpakṣa is the fortnight considered as extremely auspicious for performing obsequial rites to the departed ancestors.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore