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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

Tiruvāymoli literally means ‘divine words of a holy sage’.

Significance of Tiruvāymoli[edit]

Tiruvāymoli is the famous work in chaste classical Tamil language of Nammālvār. It is the best and the longest among the Divyaprabandhams. It has 1102 pāśuras,[1] divided into ten sections.[2] Each of these has ten daśakas[3] plus an additional concluding verse.

Style of Tiruvāymoli[edit]

It is interesting to note that the pāśuras are in the ‘anta-ādi’ style. In this style the last word[4] of one verse becomes the first[5] of the next.

Content of Tiruvāymoli[edit]

The subject matter may briefly be summarized as follows:

  • Greatness of God
  • Several blessed qualities like compassion and protecting his devotees
  • Relationship between the jivātman (individual soul) and Paramātman[6]
  • Bhakti[7] and prapatti[8] as the primary means of attaining mokṣa[9]


  1. It means verses.
  2. It means centums.
  3. Daśakas means decades.
  4. Last means anta.
  5. First means ādi.
  6. Paramātman means God.
  7. Bhakti means devotion.
  8. Prapatti means self-surrender.
  9. It means liberation.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore