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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So far just re-iterating things I’ve already learned and experienced.

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

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Good introduction for those utterly unfamiliar with Indian religious practice and steeped in the Judaeo-Christian tradition.

Lists with This Book. Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read. Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 06, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: Edk to Read saving…. This book is about the power and importance of seeing in the Hindu religious tradition.

Contents B The Visible India. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art. It read kind of like a textbook for me. I felt that there is no singular pattern I could follow along with and the book is filled with Hindu culture specific jargon eco while explained in footnotes that may be more off-putting for some readers.

May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it. An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner.


Overall, the writing was good too. Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how viana in understood in a religious context in Hinduism. But what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of and that makes it an interesting book. Informative but dull, monotonous book.

Aug 10, Mireille rated it it was ok. Sep 11, Dani added it. 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. My favorite quote from it: Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element of it: 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.

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. Oct 19, Hillary rated it liked it.

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. Darsah useful as an academic book, this book is well suited to a non-academic audience. Eck Motilal Banarsidass Publishe- pages 0 Reviews https: Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated it it was amazing. No eBook available Amazon. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

Preview — Darsan by Diana L. That said, I did learn about the ‘Nabakalebara’ at the Jagannath temple in Puri where the images of the deities are switched out in an elaborate ceremony every 19 or so years and that sounds pretty cool.


PaperbackThird97 pages. Oct 10, Chantal rated it liked it. How are they treated in a ritual context? When Hindus go to temple, their eyes meet the powerful, eternal gaze of the eyes of God.

The Image of God. Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, This short book is a darsan in itself – a way of diaba into the rich highly textured religious tapestry of India that enlarges the reader’s perspective and appreciation.

Sep 26, John Nuhn rated it it was amazing. 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 ddarsan. Christopher Piazza rated it really liked it Oct 13, Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions. B The Visible India. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Eck Limited preview – This is also a book about the divine image in the Hindu ciana.

Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. I’m pursuing two majors — art history and comparative religion — so this book addressed both loves for me.