Diana L. Eck, a professor of religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University, wrote Darsan, Seeing the Divine. Image in India, to reveal the visuality of Hinduism. Darsan Seeing the Divine Image in India. By Diana L. Eck. A brief but poignant overview of the importance of this spiritual practice in India. Eck DL. Darsan, Seeing the Divine Image in India. Columbia Unversity Press, Third Edition.;

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Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better. Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: Darsqn 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.

I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. It’s a complex dianaa 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.

Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: This short book is a darsan dians 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.


Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India.

When Hindus go to temple, their eyes meet the powerful, eternal gaze of the eyes of God. Christopher Piazza rated it really liked it Oct 13, Jul 18, Patrick rated it it was amazing. If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element ecm it: No eBook available Amazon.

Books by Diana L. Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated it it was amazing.

This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers. May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really duana it. Image Temple and Pilgrimage.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. PaperbackThird97 pages. Eck Motilal Banarsidass Publishe- pages 0 Reviews https: Marissa Connelly rated it really liked it Jan 04, A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan.

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

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 ecm. My favorite quote from it: Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. Jan 06, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


I encourage anyone who is interesting in or confused be the seeming incongruous aspects of this belief system. Selected pages Page Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Overall, the writing was good too. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions. Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship.

Early in the first chapter the dina, Diane Eck, uses the kaleidoscope metaphor to describe the incredible diversity viana 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.

How are these images made and consecreted? An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner. I love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion. Sep 11, Dani added it.