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.
A good introduction to Hinduism, or at least the notion of Darsan. 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.
Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, Lists with This Book. Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. 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. I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. 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 re This book was OK.
PaperbackThird97 pages. I love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion.
Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India by Diana L. Eck
Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it liked it Shelves: Informative but dull, monotonous book. Various Hindu images, what rck mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship. 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. Feb 07, Aaron rated it it was amazing. 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.
May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it.
Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated it it was amazing. If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element of it: 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.
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 must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art. May 07, Annie rated it darshaan liked it Shelves: Also, now I just want to go to India.
Overall, the writing was good too. 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.
Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 11, Dani added it. Preview — Darsan by Diana L.
Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India
Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism.
Return to Book Page. I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. Open Preview See a Problem? 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. Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok. A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan.