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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Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read. Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To ask other readers questions about Darsanplease sign up.

Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. Jul 18, Patrick rated it it was amazing. Jul 05, Mike rated it liked it. A must-read for people interested in Darshwn culture or Indian art.

I didn’t like this book dianw much as I thought I would. Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus. Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism. I love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion. Marissa Connelly rated it really liked it Jan 04, This book, though focused primarily on a single important characteristic of Hinduism in practice is probably the best introduction ever written to what Hinduism, in practice is like for those who are unfamiliar with that religion.


It highlights how important visuals are in Hindu culture along with emphasizing how the worship of these images transcend exclusively visual boundaries in the mind of a Hindu worshipper. My favorite quote from it: May 07, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism.

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diaa Overall, the writing was good too. Books by Diana L. May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it. Christopher Piazza rated it really liked it Oct 13, Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it.

What Is Darshan?

Various Hindu images, what they eci, what roles they play in Hindu worship. Open Preview See a Problem? If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element of it: An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner. This book will definitely go in my dxrshan pile as a great example of not only how to understand religious art and architecture in India, but also how to experience it best.

Oct 14, T. Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. 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

Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is. Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions. This short book is a darsan in itself diaana 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.

Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I’m pursuing two majors — art history and comparative religion — so this book addressed both loves for me. Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read. darsahn

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It read kind of like a textbook for me. A great read about Darsan, or seeing in a spiritual sense, and some fascinating aspects of the Hindu religion.