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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.

Venkatesa Vajra Kavacham

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Narayanam Parabrahma,
sarvakaarana kaaranam
Prapadye Venkatesakhyaam,
Tadeva kavacham mama., 1

I bow and salute that Venkatesa,
Who is lord Narayana himself,
Who is the divine Lord of all,
And who is the cause of all causes,
And chant his armour for myself.

Sahasra Seersha Purusho 
Pranesha Prananilayaha 
Pranan rakshatu mey Harihi., 2

Let my head be protected by,
Lord Venkatesa with thousand aspects,
Who is the lord of all souls,
And place where the soul merges.

Aakasaraat sutaanaatha 
Aatmanam me sadavatu
Deva Devottamopayaad 
deham mey Venkateswaraha., 3

Let the Consort of the daughter of the sky,
May protect my soul always,
Let the body got from the lord of Lords,
Be protected by Lord Venkateswara.

Sarvatra sarvakaryeshu 
Palayenmam sada Karma
saphalyam naha prayacchatu., 4

Let the soul like consort of Alamelu Manga.
Take care of all my works always,
And lead me to good results of all of them.

Ya Etad vajrakavacha 
mabhedyam Venkatesituhu
Sayam Prataha patennityam 
mrutyum tarati nirbhyaha., 5

This diamond armour of Venkatesa,
which can never be broken,
If read daily in the evening and morn,
Would help one to cross death without fear.