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  • n. Hierophany, theophany; being in the presence of the divine or holy (as a person or object).


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From Sanskrit दर्शन (darśana, "vision"), from a root  (dṛś, "to see").



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  • While 'darshan' is often used to describe the act of seeing an idol in a temple ("I stood in the queue at Tirumala for two hours to have a darshan of the Lord"), the word is entirely secular in nature. As far as I know, it merely means 'the acting of seeing something'. Consequently, you have India's state-run television, 'doordarshan', ('the act of seeing, ie, vision, from afar').

    Of course, my understanding could be clouded by dialectal usage in modern Indian languages, something that may, or may not, reflect on its original Sanskrit roots.

    September 24, 2007

  • Yes, uselessness. That's exactly what's been happening. You're just spectacularly darshive, is all. :-D

    September 14, 2007

  • I wonder whether darshan is related to baraka in any way?

    September 13, 2007

  • People often stare at me with eyebrows raised and their mouths agape. I've always described it as flat stupefaction, but this word sounds so much more refined. I guess I have a rather darshive personality.

    September 13, 2007

  • Ah, so there is a word for it.... :-)

    September 12, 2007

  • I love Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project Blog, and a nice side affect of reading it (in addition to a daily attitude readjustment) is new vocabulary words! Gretchen loves words, and it shows.

    A couple of weeks I learned darshan -- a Sanskrit word meaning (my rough translation) "basking in the glow" (of a holy person, usually). Gretchen extends it to explain why people like being in the presence of celebrities.

    September 12, 2007