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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I was raised protestant diwna so the idea of divine images and relics was very foreign to me and this gave to a better understanding and its importance. Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism. Eck No preview available – B The Visible India. 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.

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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. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it. I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better.

I’m pursuing two majors — art history and comparative religion — so this book addressed both loves for me. In the Hindu view, not only must the gods keep eco eyes open, but so must we, in order to make contact with them, My favorite quote from it: Contents B The Visible India.


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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. Selected pages Duana What do Hindus see in the images of the gods?

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. Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism.

Overall, the writing was good too. 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. 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.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Kay Browning rated it really liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read saving…. Sep 22, Jingjing Fan rated it liked it Shelves: So far just re-iterating things I’ve already learned and experienced. A good introduction to Hinduism, or at least the notion dqrsan Darsan. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art. The experience of the divine in India merges the ec components of sight, performance, and sound.


Jun 23, Devon O’shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: I felt that there is no singular pattern I could follow along with and the book is filled with Hindu culture specific jargon darsa while explained in footnotes that may be more off-putting for some readers. But what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of and that makes it an interesting book. A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth.

Jan 06, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: When Hindus go to temple, their eyes meet the powerful, eternal gaze of the eyes of God.

May 10, Rebecca Recco diama it really liked it. Oct 10, Chantal rated it siana it. Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

Seeing the Divine Image in India. It is called Darsan, Seeing the divine image, and it is the single most common and significant element of Hindu worship. Account Options Sign in.