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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Christopher Piazza rated it really liked it Oct 13, How doana these images made and consecreted? I picked it up to understand the etymology behind my name that I share with the book’s title. 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, and to know their secrets.

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May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it. The role of the visual is essential to Hindu tradition and culture, but many attempts to understand India’s divine images fck been laden with misperceptions. If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element of dsrsan 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 dina and stunning visual revelation of the Divine, an experience which the Hindus call Darshan.

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Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. The Nature of the Hindu Images. This short book is a darean in itself – a way of seeing into the rich highly textured religious tapestry of India that enlarges the reader’s perspective and appreciation.

No eBook available Amazon. Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, It read kind of like a textbook for me.

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

Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it. Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship.

That said, I did learn about the ‘Nabakalebara’ at the Jagannath temple in Puri where the images of the deities are switched out in an elaborate ceremony every 19 or so years and that sounds pretty cool.

This book, though focused primarily on a single important characteristic of Hinduism in practice is ec, the best introduction ever written to what Hinduism, in practice is like for those who are unfamiliar with that religion.

Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers. Good introduction for those utterly diqna with Indian religious practice and steeped in the Judaeo-Christian tradition.


A great read about Darsan, or seeing darxan a spiritual sense, and some fascinating aspects of the Hindu religion. An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner. Kay Browning rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again.

Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: Image Temple and Pilgrimage. Seeing the Divine Image in India.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

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Feb 07, Aaron ddiana it it was amazing. Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus. Marissa Connelly rated it really liked it Jan 04, 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. Eck Snippet view –