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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I would give this a pass.

Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism. In the Hindu view, not only must the gods keep their eyes open, but so must we, in order to make contact with them, to reap their blessings, darsn to know their secrets.

The Nature of the Hindu Images.

Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. Account Options Sign in.

Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn’t address a lot of issues. I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better.

How are they treated in a ritual context? An extraordinary presentation of a ec topic in a clear and concise manner.

E The Polytheistic Imagination. Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall, the writing was good too.


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

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 readers. My favorite quote from it: What is meant by these multi-armed gods, with their various weapons, emblems, and animals?

Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. Jul 05, Mike rated it liked it. Image Temple and Pilgrimage.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It read kind of like a textbook for me.

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. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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.

Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. Good introduction for those utterly unfamiliar with Indian religious practice and steeped in the Judaeo-Christian tradition.


Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism. Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship.

Feb 07, Aaron rated it it was amazing. Jul 18, Patrick rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

This book was OK.

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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. This short book is a darsan in 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.

Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, A good introduction to Hinduism, or at least the notion of Darsan. Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element dafsan it: