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Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

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By Diana L. Eck
THIRD EDITION
NEW YORK: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1998
115 PAGES

Professor Diana L. Eck’s Darsan is a fine articulation of the connotations of the art of ‘seeing,’ which is central to Hindu religious thought and practice through the ages. In many Indian languages, in the secular, social context, ‘seeing’ signifies a formal visit or a social call on an elderly relative or newborn baby, or a visitor from another place. But in the religious context Darsan, as Professor Eck aptly identifies and illustrates, offers the devotee an intimate communion with the divine and at the same time provides for the Hindu, a common quest, and for many, a reason for existence in this culturally, linguistically, and geographically diverse society.