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The Meaning of Darshana

To have darshana is to have a look at. This is a great blessing.
To see a flower, tree, a person. For that flower, tree, person,
is living for us, and we drink in its attainments as well as our own.
In Yoga, Darshana of the guru is considered in itself precious.
Even though the aspirant can only see what they can, nevertheless
their mood of respect and indeed reverence for all things is the
exercise of their "caring", and provides for its growth, and as
they progress they may be able to see more of the "masterness"
in the master, and be less taken up with the humanness of self.

But in this there must be no ulterior motive;
the growth is only through the happiness which is in the seeing.
The rishis (seers) had, and have, much of this.

The term Darshana in course of time came to mean
an outlook, hence a system of philosophy.
The great Darshanas of old India are given as six:
the Vaisheshika (analysis of the universe),
Nyaya (laws and facts of logic),
Sankhya (classification of the universe),
Yoga (practice of union),
Mimansa (laws of formal religion), and
Vedanta (knowledge of God).



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