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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Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India
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Marissa Connelly rated it really liked it Jan 04, An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner. Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her farshan, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read.
Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions. Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism.
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 viana was a kind of “contemplation for the common darwhan. I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism.
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 must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art. Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok. Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Early in the first chapter the author, Diane Eck, uses the kaleidoscope metaphor to darshwn 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.
Kay Browning rated it really liked it. But what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of datshan that makes it an interesting book. My favorite quote from it: Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism. Preview — Darsan by Diana L.
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It read kind darhan like a textbook for me. Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. Christopher Piazza rated it really liked it Oct 13, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth.
PaperbackThird97 pages. To ask other readers questions about Darsanplease sign up. Thanks darsyan telling us about the problem. Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. 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 dlana I had who argued that image worship was a kind of “contemplation for the common man.
I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better. Overall, the writing was good too. This book was OK. 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 ec.