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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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.
Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. This book, though focused primarily on a single important characteristic darsban 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. This book was OK.
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I was raised protestant and so the idea of divine images and relics was very foreign to me and this gave to a better understanding and its importance. Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship. Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, 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 very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth.
Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: While useful as an academic book, this book is well suited to a non-academic audience. Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 10, Mireille rated it it was ok.
Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated it it was amazing.
Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a darsban context in Hinduism. Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read.
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Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India by Diana L. Eck
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions. Feb 07, Aaron rated it it was amazing. No trivia or quizzes yet. Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, Sep 11, Dani added it. May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it. Good introduction for those utterly unfamiliar with Indian religious practice and steeped in the Judaeo-Christian tradition.
A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art.
Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India
Sep 22, Jingjing Fan rated it liked it Shelves: 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 experience which the Hindus call Darshan.
But what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of and that makes it an interesting book. PaperbackThird97 pages. A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan.
I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Also, now I just want to go to India. I encourage anyone who is interesting in or confused be the seeming incongruous aspects of this belief system.
A good introduction to Hinduism, or at least the notion of Darsan. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This was a nice surprise for me because it focused so much on the use of images in Hinduism and the power of looking, both of looking at something and even of being looked at. This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers. Christopher Piazza rated it really liked it Oct 13, 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. 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.
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I would give this a pass. Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 14, T. I didn’t xarshan this book as much as I thought I would. Overall, the writing was good too.