Eck does much to counter this by presenting darsan as the link between the visual revelation of the Divine, an experience which the Hindus call Darshan. Many Hindus make long pilgrimages or are eager to attend important festivals and ceremonies to see the deity and receive darshan (Eck: 3–7). For many. Darshan Eck is on Facebook. Join Facebook to connect with Darshan Eck and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the.

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Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it. Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok. I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would.

May 07, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, I was raised protestant and so the idea of exk images and relics was very foreign to me and this gave to a better understanding and its importance. Oct 14, T.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

Sck by Diana L. Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: I picked it up to understand the etymology behind my name that I share with the book’s title. 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. 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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Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India by Diana L. Eck

Sep 26, John Nuhn 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. To ask other readers questions about Darsanplease sign up. 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.

Sep 11, Dani added it. 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. Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read. Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it.

So far just re-iterating things I’ve already learned and experienced. This book was OK. 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 worshipper.

Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism dxrshan doesn’t address a lot of issues. Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is.

I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. Eck presents a concise and well written thesis darsban the practice of Hinduism.

Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism. Informative but dull, monotonous book.


What Is Darshan?

Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship.

I eeck give this a pass. Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions. A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated it it was amazing.

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.

Return to Book Page. Jul 05, Mike rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I felt that there is no singular pattern I could eco 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.

Jan 27, Faaiz sck it liked it Shelves: Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art. PaperbackThird97 pages.