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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Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it liked it Shelves: Books by Diana L. A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism.

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

Jan 06, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: How are dadsan treated in a ritual context? In the Hindu view, not only must the gods keep their eyes open, but so must we, in order to make contact with them, Informative but dull, monotonous book. Contents B The Visible India. Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing.

Seeing the Divine Image in India. Marissa Connelly rated it really liked it Jan 04, Overall, the writing was good too.

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. Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, So far just re-iterating things I’ve already learned and experienced.


Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

Sep 11, Dani added it. Early in the first chapter the author, Diane Eck, uses darrsan 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.

I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Eck Limited preview – The Nature of the Hindu Images. Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn’t address a lot of issues.

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Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it. I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism.

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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. 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.


Account Options Sign in. This book was OK. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between darszn two daarsan.

Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok. The experience of the divine in India merges the three components of sight, performance, and sound.

Eck Snippet view – It highlights eiana 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. 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.

How are these images made and consecreted?

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