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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

Yogajapratyakṣa literally means ‘direct perception born out of the practice of yoga’.

Normally, the knowledge that we get from pratyakṣa or direct perception is derived through our five jñānendriyas or organs of knowledge like the eyes and the ears. This knowledge is very limited due to various factors such as defects of the organs or external obstacles. However, when the yogi attains the state of samādhi, the powers of his mind are heightened to such an extent that he can ‘see’ anything he likes even if such an object is hidden in the ground or obstructed by impervious things like a wall or is at a great distance. This is called yogajapratyakṣa.[1]


  1. Yogasutras 1.35 and 3.25
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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