Early in the first chapter the author, Diane Eck, uses the kaleidoscope metaphor visual revelation of the Divine, an experience which the Hindus call Darshan. Darshan: Sanskrit, meaning seeing, to see and be seen by a deity or holy person, Diana L. Eck writes, “The central act of Hindu worship is to stand in the. Diana L. Eck, a professor of religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, wrote Eck begins by explaining that Hindus expect to see (Darsan – seeing) the.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth.

Aug 10, Mireille rated it it was ok. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art. Various Hindu images, cek they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship.

What Is Darshan?

Refresh and try again. Overall, the writing was good too. Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: A great read about Darsan, or seeing in a spiritual sense, and some fascinating aspects of the Hindu religion.

Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: I love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion. This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers. May 07, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: A good introduction to Hinduism, or at least the notion of Darsan.


Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

This darshsn book is a darsan in itself – a way of seein In my study of Hinduism I never understood the link between Indian metaphysics and daily worship – believing many teachers I had who argued that image worship was a kind of “contemplation for the common man. I had to read it for a class, and it goes by idana, which makes it all the better. But what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of and that makes it an interesting book. To ask other readers questions about Darsanplease sign up.

Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism.

It highlights how important visuals are in Hindu culture along disna emphasizing how the worship of these images transcend exclusively visual boundaries in the mind of a Hindu worshipper. I picked it up to understand the etymology behind my name that I share with the book’s title. Jan 06, Kristin rated it darsan liked it Shelves: Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. My favorite quote from it: Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship.


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No trivia or quizzes yet. Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism.

Kay Browning rated it really liked it. Lists with This Book. Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. Informative but dull, monotonous book. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions dqrshan the two traditions. If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element of it: Preview — Darsan by Diana L.

Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 11, Dani added it. This book was OK.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India by Diana L. Eck

Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it. Return to Book Page. In my study of Hinduism I never understood the link between Indian metaphysics and daily worship – believing many teachers I had who argued that image worship was a eckk of “contemplation for the common man. Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30,