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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If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element of it: A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth. Oct 14, T. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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May 07, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is. Contents B The Visible India. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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. Lists with This Book.

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

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 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. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better.


Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus. The Nature of the Hindu Images.

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. When Hindus go to temple, their eyes meet the powerful, eternal gaze of the eyes of God. May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it.

Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn’t address a lot rck issues. So daraan just re-iterating things I’ve already learned and experienced.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

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.

Seeing the Divine Image in India.

I encourage anyone who is interesting in or confused be the seeming incongruous aspects of this belief system. Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read. Books by Diana L. My favorite quote from it: Good introduction for those utterly unfamiliar with Indian religious practice and steeped in the Judaeo-Christian tradition.


Eck Snippet view – Refresh and try again. Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism.

Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism.

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.

Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated diaha it was amazing. 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. I’m pursuing two majors — art history and comparative religion — so this book addressed both loves for me.