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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

Nirmāṇacitta literally means ‘mind created by the yogi’.

The Yogasutras of Patañjali[1] contains some startling revelations, one of them being the ‘nirmāṇacitta’.[2] When a yogi is advanced very highly in the spiritual path, he discovers through his intuitive inner eye, that he still has some sañcitakarma about to fructify as prārabdhakarma. This can delay his kaivalya or liberation. Hence, using his special yogic powers he can create simultaneously a few suitable bodies through which he can experience and exhaust this karma. The citta or the mind in each of the bodies thus created is called ‘nirmāṇacitta’.

Patañjali makes it clear that though each of these nirmāṇacittas acts differently through the different bodies to exhaust that karma, the original or basic citta is that of the yogi which controls them.


  1. He lived in 200 B. C.
  2. Yogasutras 4.4 and 5
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore