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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

Tṛcākalpanamaskāra is one method of chanting the mantras while doing Suryanamaskāra. Specifically, after Om, a few syllables and their combinations in twos and fours together with certain mantras are repeated with the twelve names. For instance the first mantra using this method would be chanted as

Orh hrām udyannadya mitra mahah hrām Om mitrāya namah II

Significance of Suryanamaskāra[edit]

Suryanamaskāra (bowing down to Surya or the Sun-god) is practiced facing the rising sun in the early morning. There are twelve postures in it. Each posture has to be accompanied by the prescribed mantra containing one of the names of Surya like Mitra, Ravi, Sīīrya, Bhānu and so on.


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