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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Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn’t address a lot of issues.
I picked it up to understand the etymology behind my name that I share with the book’s title. Kay Browning rated it really liked it. Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok. An extraordinary presentation of a complex ecj in a clear and concise manner. This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers.
Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India by Diana L. Eck
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Eck No preview available – Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: My favorite quote from it: 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.
Lists with This Book. Open Preview See a Problem? In the Hindu view, not only must the gods keep their eyes open, but so must we, in order exk make contact with them, I felt that there is no singular pattern I could follow along with and the dck is filled with Hindu eiana specific jargon which while explained in footnotes that may be more off-putting for some re This book was OK.
Seeing the Divine Image in America. 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. How are these images made and consecreted? To ask other readers questions about Darsanplease sign up. 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.
But what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of and that makes it an interesting book.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.
Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it’s very informative and easy to read.
I love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion.
If you want to know more about Hinduism, this book explains an important element of it: When Hindus go to temple, their eyes meet the powerful, eternal gaze of the eyes of God.
Eck Limited preview – While useful as an academic book, this book is well suited to a eiana audience. The Image of God. What do Hindus see in the images of the gods?
Also, now I just want to go to India. 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.
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Account Options Sign in. Not a lot of specific information, but it’s a very interesting introduction to Hindu traditions of worship. Daniel rated it really liked it Sep 07, Seeing the Divine Image in India. May 10, Rebecca Recco rated it really liked it.
Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India
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 readers.
I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. This book is about the power and importance of seeing in the Hindu religious tradition.
Overall, the writing was good too. 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. Jul 05, Mike rated it liked it. Sep 22, Jingjing Fan rated it liked it Shelves: Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. So far just re-iterating things I’ve already learned and experienced.
I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. Return to Book Page. B The Visible India. 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.
Preview — Darsan by Diana L. Aug 10, Mireille rated it it was ok.