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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

Samanu literally means ‘with mantra’.

‘Manu’ means a mantra.[1] Works on Haṭhayoga describe various processes of prāṇāyāma for nāḍīśuddhi.[2] Very often, certain bāḍīśuddhi[3] like yam, ram and ṭham are associated with the different stages of these prāṇāyāmas. Hence they are called ‘samanu’.[4]Gheranda Samhitā 5.36-45</ref> The actual processes have to be learnt personally from expert teachers.


  1. Mantra means holy syllable.
  2. Nāḍīśuddhi means purification of the tubular structures through which prāṇic energy flows.
  3. Bāḍīśuddhi means seed-letters.
  4. Samanu means prāṇāyāmas with bijamantras.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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