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. 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. Eck DL. Darsan, Seeing the Divine Image in India. Columbia Unversity Press, Third Edition.;

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Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: 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. 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 teachers I had who argued that image worship was a kind of “contemplation for the common man.

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.

Informative but dull, monotonous book. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions.

Images are not conceived of as symbols of something outside of their own essence, but rather partake in the nature of the divine. An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner. Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn’t address a lot of issues.


This short book is a darsan in itself – a way of seeing into the rich highly textured religious tapestry of India that enlarges the reader’s perspective and appreciation. Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth. The Nature of the Hindu Images. Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok.

Russell Books Ltd Condition: What do Hindus see in the images of the gods? Contains some markings such as highlighting and writing. The two boys come from very different worlds but are drawn together as they learn to survive on the rubbish tips of Dqrsan. Feb 07, Aaron rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dani is on the run from darsam rich but controlling father.

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

This book was OK. 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. Russell Books Ltd Published: Wck are these images made and consecreted? Overall, the writing was good too. Used – Like New. 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 darsah 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.

It read kind of like a textbook for me. Common terms and phrases abode ancient aniconic aniconic image Arnheim artist ascetic auspicious avatara Banaras Banerjea Bhagavad bhakti Brahman called century Charlotte Vaudeville cosmos cult culture daitas darsan deities Delhi Devi devotion Diana L divine image Durga E. A very good copy, with crisp clean pages and tight binding; light foxing to the top edge and minor shelfwear and discoloration.


Sep 11, Dani added it. I would give this a pass.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

Jul 05, Sck rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, What is meant by these multi-armed gods, with their various weapons, emblems, and animals? The experience of the divine in India merges the three components of sight, performance, and sound.

Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. 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. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art.

Darsan by Eck, Diana L

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Of course, a major difference between these traditions is the number of incarnations and anthropology of image. Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is.