Darshan is a Hindi word that means “to see,” or “to behold.” Traditionally, Hindu’s don’t pray or worship when they visit a temple. They are simply meant to go and receive darshan from the god. Which means to look upon the image of the deity. They just want to behold the awesomeness and the power and the wisdom of God.
It’s a term that’s also used with guru’s. When you receive a guru’s darshan, which can come through eye contact, a hug, a simple touch, a conversation, or just being in the room with them, it’s said that the guru transmits his or her wisdom and experience to you. You experience awakening. Clarity. Understanding. If you’re lucky, this understanding is permanent.
I believe I’ve received darshan, in some small ways, from a few sources.
When I was at the Sun Dance in South Dakota a few months after Brian died…
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