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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.

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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Rājarṣi literally means ‘a sagely king’.

Rājarṣi Definition[edit]

A rājarṣi is a king who has risen to the state and stature of a ṛṣi or a sage. He is a person of spiritual wisdom. He has attained that state by dint of severe tapas or austerity.

Qualities for Appellation Rājarṣi[edit]

In ancient India, as a result of the education received in the gurukulas,[1] even the princes were trained to become men of spiritual wisdom. Certain kinds of vidyās[2] like the Pañcāgni Vidyā were the special prerogatives of these rājarṣis. Pañcāgni Vidyā means the ‘the knowledge of the five fires’.[3] were the special prerogatives of these rājarṣis.

Rājarṣis in History[edit]

Some of these rājarṣis were:


  1. Gurukulas were the forest academies run by well-known sages.
  2. Vidyās are the meditations.
  3. Chāndogya Upaniṣad 5.4-9
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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