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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Various Hindu images, what they darshqn, what roles they play in Hindu worship. Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it. Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it liked it Shelves: May 07, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever diaa. I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would.
Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India
Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner. 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: Sep 22, Jingjing Fan rated it liked it Shelves: Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.
Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism. I would give this a pass. Jan 06, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: While useful as an academic book, this book is well suited to a non-academic audience.
Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. No trivia or quizzes yet. Return to Book Page. 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. A good introduction to Hinduism, or at least the notion of Darsan.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, adrshan makes it all the better. Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism.
So far just re-iterating things I’ve already learned and experienced. Jul 05, Mike rated it liked it. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions.
It highlights how important visuals are in Hindu culture along with emphasizing how the worship of these images transcend exclusively visual boundaries in the mind of a Hindu worshipper. 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.
Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India by Diana L. Eck
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. Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism darshhan doesn’t address a lot of issues.
Probably the first book I diama recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus. A great read about Darsan, or seeing in a spiritual sense, and some fascinating aspects of the Hindu religion. May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it.
This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers. Books dana Diana L. Want to Read saving…. Oct 14, T. But what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of and that makes it an interesting book. This short book is a darsan in itself – a way of seeing into the rich highly textured religious tapestry of India that enlarges the reader’s perspective and appreciation.
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. Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it. It read kind of like a textbook for me.
Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated it it was amazing. 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.
darsan A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism. 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.
Not a lot of specific information, but darhsan a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. Jul 18, Patrick rated it it was amazing.