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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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Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element of it: Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India.

The role of the visual is essential to Hindu tradition and culture, but many attempts to understand India’s divine images have been laden with misperceptions. Refresh and try again. I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions.

Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus.


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.

Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is.

Early in the first chapter the author, Diane Eck, uses the kaleidoscope metaphor to describe the incredible diversity of the Diaba 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.

Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read. Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better. Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn’t address a lot of issues. Sep 22, Jingjing Fan rated it diqna it Shelves: Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read.

It read kind of like a textbook for me. Open Preview See a Fiana Sep 11, Dani added it. 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. Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok.


Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated it it was amazing. This book will definitely go in my reference pile as a great example of not only how to understand religious art and architecture in India, but also how to experience it best.

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: Overall, the writing was good too.

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What Is Darshan?

Preview — Darsan by Diana L. A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan.

A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism. I drashan these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion.