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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Preview — Darsan by Diana L. Dizna what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of and that makes it an interesting book. Return to Book Page.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

A good introduction to Hinduism, or at least the notion of Darsan. I picked it up to understand the etymology behind my name that I share with the book’s title. 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. Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. Marissa Connelly rated it really liked it Jan 04, A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan.

That said, I did 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.


PaperbackThird97 pages. Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read.

May 07, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, Dianw 18, Patrick rated it it was amazing.

Lists with This Book. I would give this a pass.

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.

Also, now I just want to dinaa to India. This book will definitely go in my reference pile as a great example of not only diwna to understand religious art and architecture darhan India, but also how to experience it best. An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner. Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship.

Sep 26, John Nuhn rated it it was amazing. Oct 14, T.

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. Darsan is one of darshsn best books that I have ever read. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


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

While useful as an academic book, this book is well suited to a non-academic audience. Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. Dana 19, Hillary rated it liked it. Good introduction for those utterly unfamiliar with Indian religious practice and steeped in the Judaeo-Christian tradition.

What Is Darshan?

Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism.

This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers. Overall, the writing was good too.

Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok. Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing.

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. This book was OK. Informative but dull, monotonous book.