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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

Nirvicārasamāpatti literally means ‘samādhi on subtle objects without discrimination’.

The words samāpatti and samādhi means the same thing. It means attaining the object of concentration or perfect concentration on the object of concentration mentally. While dealing with samāpatti, the Yogasutras,[1] has mentioned four types of them:

  1. Savitarka
  2. Nirvitarka
  3. Savicāra
  4. Nirvicāra

Out of the aṣtāṅgas or eight steps described by the Yogasutras, the last three are clubbed together and given the technical name ‘saiyama’.[2] They are:

  1. Dhāraṇā
  2. Dhyāna
  3. Samādhi

When saiyama is practiced on the subtle elements of the object comprising it and only the subtle object of concentration shines before the mind’s eye, all the other processes being completely transcended, it is called ‘nirvicāra samāpatti’.


  1. Yogasutras 1.42-44
  2. Yogasutras 3.4
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore