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.;

Author: Guramar Makus
Country: New Zealand
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Love
Published (Last): 6 May 2007
Pages: 449
PDF File Size: 7.57 Mb
ePub File Size: 18.87 Mb
ISBN: 457-5-26581-899-3
Downloads: 56080
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Dukazahn

When Hindus go to temple, their darsann meet the powerful, eternal gaze of the eyes of God. Good introduction for those utterly unfamiliar with Indian religious practice and steeped in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it. I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. But what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of and that makes it an interesting book. I felt that there is no singular pattern I could follow along with and the book is filled with Daraan culture specific jargon which while explained in footnotes that may be more off-putting for some readers.

Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, PaperbackThird97 pages.

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

The experience of the divine in India merges the three components of sight, performance, and sound. Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers. A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan. What is meant by these multi-armed gods, with their various weapons, emblems, and animals?


Overall, the writing was good too. Eck No preview available – May 10, Datsan Recco rated it really liked it. This book explores what darsan means. 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 see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: 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. Refresh and try again.

Christopher Piazza rated it really liked it Oct 13, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Contents B The Visible India. This book is about the power and importance of seeing in the Hindu religious tradition. Account Options Sign in.

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 rck Hindu shrines, processions, iconography, symbols, rituals, and more, all kaleidoscopically combine to give the devotee a vibrant and stunning visual revelation of the Divine, diama experience which the Hindus call Darshan.


A great read about Darsan, or seeing in a spiritual sense, and some fascinating aspects of the Hindu religion.

Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. Aug 10, Mireille dianna it it was ok. Selected pages Page It read kind of like a textbook for me. I love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of cek religion. Want to Read saving…. Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. This book was OK. Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating.

Seeing the Divine Image in India. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions. Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is. Seeing the Divine Image in America. 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.

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.