Darshan means being in the presence of. In the traditional sense, taking darshan means sitting at the feet of an enlightened master, a saint, a sage, or a seer. Darshan is a tradition that goes back thousands of years.
In our modern era, darshan can mean listening to recordings, watching video images of the movements of awakened or enlightened beings, and receiving the spirit essence of who they are and who we are by direct transmission. Regardless of era in time, ancient or contemporary, direct transmission is the only “technique” by which awakening occurs. Some awakened beings transfer their awakening through public gatherings in which an individual might sit in conversation with the master and receive direct input into his or her resistance to being awake. Such darshans occur around the world every day in large gatherings, small gatherings, and in intimate one-on-one settings. Some darshans occur in the empty spaces between thoughts; this is sadguru territory. The guru mechanism is operating behind the scenes in everyone; the guru manages the inner switchboard. Let’s leave it at that.
Of course, the darshan of all these great beings resides in none of the words, images, or sounds, nor in the factual details that define these beings with the rational mind. These mental and sensory items just hold a door open. The real gifts of darshan happen behind the veils, in the invisible room, where real awakening takes place. Their outer forms have relative value only. I have no idea who these people are. And when all is said and done, neither will you.