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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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I encourage anyone who is interesting in or confused be the seeming incongruous aspects of this belief system. Want to Read saving…. The role of the visual is essential to Hindu tradition and culture, but many attempts to understand India’s divine images have been laden with misperceptions.

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

This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers. Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: A good introduction to Hinduism, or at least the notion of Darsan.

Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating.

I’m pursuing two majors — art history and comparative religion — so this book addressed both loves for me.

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Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read. My favorite quote from it: So far just re-iterating things I’ve already learned and experienced. It read kind of like a textbook for me. Open Preview See a Problem?

Also, now I just want to go to India. This short 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.

This book was OK. A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan. Early in the first chapter the author, Diane Eck, uses the kaleidoscope metaphor to describe the incredible diversity of the Hindu experience, and for the rest of the book, she skillfully reveals how the dianz of Hindu shrines, processions, iconography, symbols, rituals, dixna more, all kaleidoscopically combine to give the devotee a vibrant and stunning visual revelation of the Divine, an experience which the Hindus call Darshan.

This was a nice surprise for me because it focused so much on the use of images in Hinduism and the power of looking, eci of looking at something and even of being looked at.

This short book is a darsan in itself – a way of seeing into the rich highly textured religious tapestry of India that enlarges the reader’s perspective and appreciation.

That said, I did learn about the ‘Nabakalebara’ at the Jagannath temple in Puri where the images of the deities are switched out in an elaborate ceremony every 19 or so years and that sounds pretty cool. Oct 14, T. Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism.

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Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus. Jul 18, Patrick rated it it was amazing. But what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of and that makes it an interesting book.

A great read about Darsan, or seeing in a spiritual sense, and some fascinating aspects of the Hindu religion. Overall, the writing was good too. I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. I felt that there is no singular pattern I could follow along with and the book is filled with Hindu culture specific jargon which while explained in footnotes that may be more off-putting for some readers. No trivia dardhan quizzes yet.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Aug 10, Mireille rated it it was ok.

I felt that there is no singular pattern I could follow along with and the book is filled with Hindu culture specific jargon which while explained in footnotes that may be more off-putting for some re This book was OK.

A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art.

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