Darśan: Seeing the Divine Image in India before spending a semester together in India.
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By: Tyler Sit
January 24, 2014
The next five months will allow time for me to adjust my myopic vision of the world and my blurry sense of human nature. A time to make richer the vibrant color of God moving around me and in me.
She has the monumental task of training 13 Americans to see differently while in India: see the world differently, see ourselves differently, and—perhaps—see God differently.
Our program’s base will be Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama and Tibetan community have settled following their exile from Tibet. I decided I should see a little more—not just to superficially sight-see—but to peer more deeply into this shared planet we call home before I enter church ministry.
This is experience is a matter of:
I approach this semester as a follower of Christ and because I am a follower of Christ it is imperative to seek out my global neighbor and God’s revelation in the world. For me, this has always been a matter of the heart and hands, but in the US sometimes we don’t trust the task enough to our eyes.
The next five months will allow time for me to adjust my myopic vision of the world and my blurry sense of human nature. A time to make richer the vibrant color of God moving around me and in me. I hope these reflections can be an awakening experience and that they help you to see the world a little differently as well.
Seeing is my homework, but perhaps opening our eyes anew to God’s world is an assignment for all.
Tyler Sit is a seminarian at Candler School of Theology who is pursuing ordination in The United Methodist Church. His interests include embodied theology, environmental justice, and photography.
*It Is important to note that while vision will be a theme throughout Sit’s writing, he nonetheless acknowledges that this may be exclusive to the visually impaired, and he gladly affirms God’s unique revelation among the blind community.