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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

Sthulaśarira literally means ‘the gross body’.

According to the Vedānta, the jīva or the individual soul, is enveloped in three śarīras or bodies. They are:

  1. Sthulaśarira - gross or physical body
  2. Sukṣmaśarīra - subtle body which is also called liṅgaśarīra
  3. Kāraṇaśarīra - causal body

The sthulaśarīra is given by the parents and nourished by food. It is subjected to ṣaḍvikāras or six changes viz., birth, existence, growth, change, decay and death. Karma or the result of the actions of previous lives is an important factor in shaping this body.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore