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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Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read. Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked datsan Shelves: 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.

Sep darsna, Dani added it. 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. In exploring the nature of the divine image, this book not only considers the images of the gods, but also the Hindu temple and the Hindu place of pilgrimage. Good introduction for those utterly unfamiliar with Indian religious practice and steeped in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it.


Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions.

This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers. Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism.

My favorite quote from it: Preview — Darsan by Diana L. Common terms and phrases abode ancient aniconic aniconic image Arnheim artist ascetic auspicious dina Banaras Banerjea Bhagavad bhakti Brahman called century Charlotte Vaudeville cosmos cult culture daitas darsan deities Delhi Devi devotion Diana L divine image Durga E.

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Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I’m pursuing two majors — art history and comparative religion — so this book addressed both loves for me.

If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element of it: I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would.

Informative but dull, monotonous book. This book dagsan about the power and importance of seeing in the Hindu religious tradition. An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner.

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

Jan 06, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: Christopher Piazza rated it really liked it Oct 13, Darsan is wck of the best books that I have ever read. Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok. A great read about Darsan, or seeing in a spiritual sense, and some fascinating aspects of the Hindu religion. In the Hindu view, not only must the gods keep their eyes open, but so must we, in order to make contact with them, E The Polytheistic Imagination.


It read kind of like a textbook for me.

Feb 07, Aaron rated it it was amazing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of and that makes it an interesting book. Jul 05, Mike rated it liked it.

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Overall, the writing was good too. Selected pages Page I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better. I would give this a pass.

Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. It’s a complex topic that I’ve had trouble understanding in other texts, and while I wouldn’t say that I understood everything in this one, the fact that I got most of it really speaks to its quality.

A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth.