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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To ask other readers questions about Darsanplease sign up. Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus. Also, now I just want to go to India.

No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

Jan 06, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 Darsshan call Darshan.

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. Jul 05, Mike rated it liked it.


Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it diama it Shelves: 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. Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship. I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. 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 thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Dianw love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion.

Sep 11, Dani darrshan it. A good introduction to Hinduism, or at least the notion of Darsan. Oct 14, T.

A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism. 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.

What Is Darshan?

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 dianx for those who are unfamiliar with that religion. May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it. Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read.


Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. It read kind of like a textbook for me. Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice darshna Hinduism. Open Preview See a Problem? Lists with This Book. While useful as an academic book, this book is well suited to a non-academic audience.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art. Marissa Connelly rated it really liked it Jan 04, A great read about Darsan, or seeing in a spiritual sense, and some fascinating aspects of the Hindu religion. Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn’t address a lot of issues. I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better. Kay Browning rated it really liked it. Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, This book was OK.

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. Books by Diana L. Refresh and try again. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.