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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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. PaperbackThird97 djana. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Darsan darhsan, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 06, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. I’m pursuing two majors — xiana history and comparative religion — so this book addressed both loves for me.
My favorite quote from it: Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India.
Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India
I encourage anyone who is interesting in or confused be the seeming incongruous aspects of this belief system. Also, now I just want to go to India. Oct 14, T. Kay Browning rated it really liked it. I love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion.
Jul idana, Grete rated it it was ok.
Informative but dull, monotonous book. Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it liked it Shelves: This book was OK. I picked it up to understand the etymology darzhan my name that I share with the book’s title. 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. 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.
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.
I would give this a pass. 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 is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to darsham worshippers.
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.
Feb 07, Aaron rated it it was amazing. A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism. Dianaa 22, Jingjing Fan rated it liked it Shelves: A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth. 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.
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 eco worship – believing many teachers I had who argued that image worship was a kind of “contemplation for the common man.
This short book is a darsan in itself – a way of seeing into the rich highly textured religious tapestry of India that dsrshan the reader’s perspective and appreciation. Jul 18, Patrick rated it it was amazing. This book, though dian 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.
Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism. While useful as an academic book, this book is well suited to a non-academic audience. Jul 05, Mike rated it liked 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.
Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn’t address a lot of issues. But what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of and that makes it an interesting book. Overall, the writing was good too. Aug 10, Mireille rated it it was ok. Good introduction for those utterly unfamiliar with Indian religious practice and steeped in the Judaeo-Christian tradition.
Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions. Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship.
Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is. Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read.
Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read.
I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better. Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated it it was amazing. An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner. Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced dianz understood by Hindus. May 07, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan.
I was raised protestant and so the idea of eiana images and relics was very foreign to me and this gave to a better understanding and its importance. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art.
A good introduction to Hinduism, exk at least the notion of Darsan. Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it.
If you dixna to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element of it: Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it. I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. It read kind of like a textbook for me. Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. Sep 11, Dani added it.
Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India by Diana L. Eck
So far just re-iterating things I’ve already learned and experienced. May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it. This book will definitely go in my reference pile as a great example of not only how to understand religious art and architecture in India, but also how to experience it best. Sep 26, John Nuhn rated it it was amazing. A great read about Darsan, or seeing in a spiritual sense, and some fascinating aspects of the Hindu religion.
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