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

Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, Informative but dull, monotonous book. Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it liked it Shelves: Not a lot efk specific information, but it’s dagshan very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth. Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism.

What Is Darshan?

May 07, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn’t address a lot of issues. If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element of it: Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. Open Preview See a Problem? Jul 18, Patrick rated it it was amazing.


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Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it. Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

Thanks for telling us about the problem. A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan.

It read kind of like a textbook for me. I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better. An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner. Sep 26, John Nuhn rated it it was amazing. I’m pursuing two majors — art history and comparative religion — so this book addressed both loves for me.

Return to Book Page. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. PaperbackThird97 pages. 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 dafshan was a kind of ecm for the common man. 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.

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Very interesting and informative daarshan at the religions of India. Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship. 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. My favorite quote from it: Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: I love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion.

Overall, the writing was good too. 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. Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it. Books by Diana L.