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  1. Darshan is a Sanskrit and Hindu (also used to some extent in Urdu) term meaning sight (in the sense of an instance of seeing something or somebody), vision, apparition, or a glimpse. It is most commonly used for visions of the divine; that is, of a god or a very holy person or artifact. We could have a "darshan" of the deity in the temple (at the gross level) or have a "darshan" in that inward eye of a light or awareness (at a subtle plane). Sudarshan means a glimpse of the "self".
  2. In India people will travel hundreds of kilometres for the darshan, the look, of a holy man or woman because this look is believed to confer blessings. Conversely, looks of anger or envy are widely feared.
  3. "Darshan" means Seeing, derived from the root drsh= "to see" (compare Greek derkomai). To see with reverence and devotion. The term is used specifically for beholding highly revered people with the intention of inwardly contacting and receiving their grace and blessings. "By doing darshan properly a devotee develops affection for God, and God develops affection for that devotee."
  4. In Indian culture, the touching of the feet (pranām or charaņasparsh) is a show of respect and it is often an integral part of darshan. Children do touch the feet of their family elders while people of all ages will bend to touch the feet of a great guru or the icon of a Hindu demigod (angel) or a form of God (such as Ram or Krishna).
  5. Vedanta darshan is also the philosophy of life as revealed in the Upanishads


  • Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (ISBN 0500510881) by Anna Dhallapiccola



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Darshan is also the name of an international performer, instructor, and choreographer of contemporary bellydance and global dance fusion. Dancer Darshan is located in New York and Portland, Oregon, and travels internationally with her work in dance. Also known as Cammi Vance, Darshan danced for 9 years with award-winning tribal bellydance company Gypsy Caravan, and dances with the Dalia Carella Dance Collective of New York City, an avant garde collective of ethnic contemporary dance theater. Darshan also co-founded Public Urban Ritual Experiment, a New York based international dance activism network. www.darshandances.com www.puredance.org www.daliacarella.com www.gypsycaravan.us