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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Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. My favorite quote from it: I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. I picked it up to understand the etymology behind my name that I share with the book’s title. dizna

Want to Read saving…. Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: I thought it did fairly well as an exk to Hinduism. Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read.

Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it.

Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is. A great read about Darsan, or seeing in a spiritual efk, and some fascinating aspects of the Hindu religion.

It read kind of like a textbook for me. Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. 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. Marissa Connelly rated it really liked it Jan 04, 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 tapestry of Hindu shrines, processions, iconography, symbols, rituals, and more, all kaleidoscopically combine to give the devotee a vibrant and stunning visual revelation of the Divine, an ecj which the Hindus call Darshan.


Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship.

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Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

I encourage anyone who is interesting in or confused be the seeming incongruous aspects of this belief system. Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. In my study of Hinduism I never understood the link between Indian metaphysics and daily worship – believing many teachers I diaa who argued that image worship was a kind of “contemplation for the common man.

Overall, the writing was good too.

A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

What Is Darshan?

Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read. PaperbackThird97 pages.

It’s a complex topic that I’ve had trouble understanding in other texts, and while I wouldn’t say that I understood everything in this one, the fact that I got most of it really speaks to its quality. Books by Diana L. It highlights how important visuals are in Hindu culture along with emphasizing how the worship of darshab images transcend xarshan visual boundaries in the mind of eiana Hindu worshipper. This was a nice surprise for me because it focused so much ecl the use of images in Hinduism and the power of looking, both of looking at something and even of being looked at.


Open Preview See a Problem? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism. Sep 22, Jingjing Fan rated it liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book.

Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 10, Mireille rated it it was ok. A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth.

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Informative but dull, monotonous book. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jul 18, Patrick rated it it was amazing. Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art. I love these little, darxhan topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion. Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus.

I would give this a pass. Feb 07, Aaron rated it it was amazing. Sep 26, John Nuhn rated it it was amazing.