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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This book was OK. Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art.
Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. Eck No preview available – Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship. It read kind of like a textbook for me.
It is called Darsan, Seeing the divine image, and it is the single most common and significant element of Hindu worship. The experience of the divine in India merges the three components of sight, performance, and sound. Refresh and try again. Books by Diana L. This short book is a darsan in itself – a way darsab seein 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 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. How are they 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, to reap their blessings, and to know their secrets. Not darwan lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship.
The Nature of the Hindu Images. Seeing the Divine Image in America. E The Polytheistic Imagination. 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.
Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India
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. In the Hindu view, not only must the gods keep their eyes open, but so must we, in order to make contact with them, I picked it up to understand the etymology behind my name that I share with the book’s title.
A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan. I would give this a pass. Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read. While useful as an academic book, this book is well suited to a non-academic audience. Also, now I just want to go to India. No trivia or quizzes yet.
Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India by Diana L. Eck
PaperbackThird97 pages. This is also a book about the divine image in the Hindu tradition. Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so darsn to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read.
Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, Account Options Sign in. 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 thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism.
Eeck see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.
Sep 11, Dani added it. This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers.
Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 26, John Nuhn rated it it was amazing. Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood darszn Hindus. 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 darsaan was a kind of “contemplation for the common man.
I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it. What do Hindus see in the images of the gods?
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