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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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Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

So far darsna re-iterating things I’ve already learned and experienced. Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions. Feb 07, Aaron rated it it was amazing. 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.

Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: B The Visible India.

The Image of God. Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India.

This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers. Want to Read saving…. Jul 05, Mike rated it liked it.

Eck Limited preview – A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art. This is also a book about the divine image in the Hindu tradition. This book explores what darsan means. I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better. Early in the first chapter the author, Diane Eck, uses the kaleidoscope metaphor to fiana 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.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating.

Darśan: Seeing the Divine Image in India – Diana L. Eck – Google Books

I picked it up to understand the etymology behind my name that I share with the book’s title. Books by Diana L.

Image Temple and Pilgrimage. 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. Common terms and phrases abode ancient aniconic aniconic image Arnheim artist ascetic auspicious avatara Banaras Banerjea Bhagavad bhakti Brahman called century Charlotte Vaudeville cosmos cult culture daitas darsan deities Delhi Devi devotion Diana L divine image Durga E.

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.


Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

I encourage anyone who is interesting in or confused be the seeming incongruous aspects of this belief system.

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Refresh and try again. I’m pursuing two majors — art history and comparative religion — so this book addressed both loves for me.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. 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. I love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to ddiana the whole breadth and depth of the religion.

How are they treated in a ritual context? 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.