DARSHAN: On the Worship of Images in Hindu Practice
Siddhartha V. Shah, Lecturer on Sacred Art
Original date: Thursday, November 1, 2007

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Darshan can be loosely translated as "auspicious seeing" but is far more complex than simply looking at something. There is a relationship between the subject and the object through which one gains access to profound teachings. In Hinduism, darshan may very well be the most common and important "practice" amongst devotees. The images of deities worshipped throughout the Hindu world have the capacity to serve as mirrors, reflecting one's highest potential. By learning to look at the deities with awareness, the beauty of the gods and goddesses comes to life and reveals something of great beauty and wonder. Join us as we view some of the finest contemporary Hindu and Buddhist art in the world and consider the importance of viewing sacred art today.

Siddhartha V. Shah studied History of Art and Classics at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on the representation of gods and goddesses in art and mythology, and holds a Masters degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies in East-West Psychology. Raised in the Hindu tradition and having spent much of his life in India and Europe, he brings a fresh interpretation of Eastern traditions that can be understood and integrated in the West. He specializes in sacred art under the mentorship of renowned painter and writer, Robert Beer, and travels around the world lecturing on the role of sacred art in spiritual practice.

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