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Darshan

1. Darshan is a Sanskrit Hindu term meaning sight or a glimpse of the divine. 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. In Indian culture, the kissing of the feet is a show of respect. Children do kiss the feet of their father or elders. Students kiss or touch the feet of their teacher. Darshan or Drshn means 'Seeing', derived from 'drush', to see. 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."

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