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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

Synonyms of Suṣumnā[edit]

Suṣumnā is the central nāḍī or canal passing through the center of the spinal cord. It is called by several other names such as:

  1. Śunya
  2. Padavī
  3. Prahmarandhra
  4. Mahāpatha
  5. Śāmbhavī
  6. Others

Other Nāḍīs[edit]

The other two nāḍīs are the:

  1. Iḍā
  2. Piṅgalā

Awakening of Kuṇḍalinī[edit]

These two nāḍīs entwine it. When prāṇa[1] is made to flow through this by proper exercises like kumbhaka, the mind becomes absolutely steady. This steadiness is called manonmanī condition. The Kuṇḍalinī when awakened rises through the suṣumnā and reaches the sahasraracakra after piercing through all the other cakras.


  1. Prāṇa means life-force.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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