HSRT MINI-LECTURES

DARSHAN:

Seeing the Sacred in India

 

a.    The idea of the Sacred in India

b.    The prominent role of the eyes in apprehending the sacred

                                                       i.     Very large, prominent and detailed eyes in images

                                                     ii.     Giving and taking Darsan

                                                   iii.     Seeing and being seen by the deity is vital in order to receive blessing

c.    Darsan can be received/taken from gurus, temples, sacred places such as Himalayas, photos of the images and films.

 

d.    The One and the Many

                                                       i.     The Polytheistic Imagination

                                                     ii.     Radical plurality / radical oneness

 

 

TERMS AND QUESTIONS

Terms:

1.    Darshan

2.    The polytheistic imagination


Questions:

1.    Describe the significance of seeing the sacred in Indian religious life

2.    What is the significance of “the one and the many” in India?