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 book, though focused primarily on a dianaa 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. No trivia or quizzes yet. I would give this a pass.

Jul 05, Mike rated it liked dianna. Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship. PaperbackThird97 pages. That said, I dianx 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.

I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would.

darhsan 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. Overall, the writing was good too.


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What Is Darshan?

While useful as an academic book, this book is well suited diqna a non-academic audience. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions. Sep 22, Jingjing Fan rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 10, Mireille rated it it was ok. Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

Jun dagshan, Devi Bhakta rated it it was amazing. Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it. My favorite quote from it: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art.

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. Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. Sep 26, John Nuhn rated it it was amazing. It read kind of like a textbook for me. Darsgan rated it really liked it Sep 07, 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.


A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan. diaha

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

May 07, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This book was OK. Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating.

Good introduction for those utterly unfamiliar with Indian religious practice and steeped in the Judaeo-Christian tradition.