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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.

Maha Lakshmi Aarathi

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Om Jai Laxmi Mata, Maiya JaiLaxmi Mata,
Tumko nis din sevat, Hari, Vishnu Data
Om Jai Laxmi Mata., 1

Om victory to mother Lakshmi,
Victory to you mother, mother Lakshmi.
You are being served daily by Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma,
Om, victory to mother Lakshmi.

Uma Rama Brahmaani, Tum ho Jag Mata,
Maiya, Tum ho Jag Mata,
Surya Chanrama dhyaavat, Naarad Rishi gaata.
Om Jai Laxmi Mata., 2

You are Parvathi, Lakshmi and Saraswathi, oh mother of the world,
Mother, you are mother of the world,
You are being worshipped by moon and sun,
You are sung by sage Narada,
Om, victory to mother Lakshmi.

Durga Roop Niranjani, Sukh Sampati Data,
Maiya Sukh Sampati Data
Jo koyee tumko dhyaataa, Ridhee Sidhee dhan paataa
Om Jai Laxmi Mata., 3

Oh mother who makes us get everything,
You also take the form of Durga,
And you shower riches and happiness on us,
Oh mother who showers riches and happiness,
He who meditates on you mother,
Gets rid of debts, gets occult powers and gets money,
Om, victory to mother Lakshmi.

Jis ghar mein tu rehtee, sab sukh guna aataa,
Maiya sab sukh guna aataa,
Taap paap mit jaataa, Man naheen ghabraataa.
Om Jai Laxmi Mata 4

In whichever home you live mother,
All pleasures and good tidings come,
Mother all pleasures and good tidings come,
Pain and sins get dissolved,
And mind does never has fear,
Om, victory to mother Lakshmi.

Dhoop Deep phal meva, Ma sweekaar karo,
Maiya Ma sweekaar karo,
Gyaan prakaash karo Ma, Moha agyaan haro.
Om Jai Laxmi Mata., 5

Light, scented smoke, fruits and sweets, receive Oh, mother,
Oh my mother receive,
Make my wisdom enlightened, mother,
And get rid of my passion and ignorance,
Om, victory to mother Lakshmi.

Maha Laxmiji ki Aarti, nis din jo gaavey
Maiya nis din jo gaavey,
Dukh jaavey, sukh aavey, Ati aananda paavey.
Om Jai Laxmi Mata., 6 

To them who sing this prayer of Mahalakshmi daily,
Mother, to them who sing daily
Sorrows will fly, pleasures will come and they will get great happiness,
Om, victory to mother Lakshmi.

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