U could lay the radio in a van Finally Siddartha thinks that the river is god Or something stupid like that It just didn t make any sense Give me one of them Lee Child novels any day over this hippie dippie crap That Jack Reacher is a man s manJust kiddingActually this is an elegant allegory about a guy going through different No Peace for the Damned phases as heursues a lifelong uest to rid himself of his ego so that he can know true The Darfsteller And Other Stories peace and enlightenment It s filled with incredible writing and it s short and smart enough to hold the attention of even a doofus like me I dut this in the category of books that everyone should read at least once 717 Siddhartha Eine indische Dichtung Siddhartha Herman HesseSiddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha The book Hesse s ninth novel was written in German in a simple lyrical style It was More Bitter Than Death published in the US in 1951 and became influential during the 1960 s 2007 1340 160 1355 160 1362 1367 1373 1375 134 1381 1394 Most religions know of it as Enlightenment when the individual transcends himself and sees himself as one with the ultimate reality It can be theistic the Aham Brahma Asmi I am the Brahman or Tat Tvam Asi Thou Art That of Hinduism or atheistic the Buddhist Nirvana based on the Anatman non soul but theerson who achieves it according to all sources is caught up in Vom schwarzen Revier zur neuen Welt: gesammelte Gedichte profound rapture To reach this stage one has to tread an arduousath Carl Gustav Jung called the rocess individuation Joseph Campbell called it the hero s journey Herman Hesse s eponymous rotagonist of Siddhartha is a man who embarks on this enterpriseSiddhartha the handsome Brahmin youth who apparently has everything is dissatisfied with life with the whole The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family pointlessness of it He leaves home with his friend Govinda and joins a group of ascetics the Samanas who have made renunciation a way of life However the true seeker he is Siddhartha finds that simple renunciation does not work for him he joins the Buddha inursuit of enlightenment However he soon understands that whatever knowledge he must Shadows in a Timeless Myth possess must be experiential Leaving Govinda to become a Buddhist ascetic Siddhartha buries himself in the sensual world across the river where Kamala the courtesan trains him up in theleasures of the flesh and Kamaswami the merchant instructs him in the secrets of commerce Siddhartha soon tires of these too he returns to the river in C++ Primer penury not knowing that his child is growing within Kamala and is taken up by the aged boatman Vasudeva as a helperHere ferryingeople across the river Siddhartha finally attains enlightenment not from a great teacher not from years of enanace and not even from the kindly Vasudeva even though he oints the way but from the river Kamala s death and his son s abandonment of the stranger father completes his education as distress turns to eace Then it s time for Vasudeva the mentor to disappear leaving his student alone with the river What the river told Siddhartha The river flows and becomes one with the ocean The vapour from the ocean form into clouds and descend on the mountains becoming the river The river keeps on flowing it is inconstant ever renewing never the same yet it is eternal The river flows and the river is On its surface you can see the faces of all your loved ones whether alive dead or yet to be born In the roar of the river if you listen carefully you can hear the sacred AUM the first syllable outward the second one inward the third one silenceand the fourth one the all encompassing silence which bears the sound of the cosmic ocean in its wombHighly recommended I taught this book to juniors and when I did I became frustrated with a student when I introduced it because he let his classmates know that he d already read it and it sucked I m happy to report now that we ve finished it that his comments didn t seem to hurt the class s opinion of the book too badly In fact that student himself said it was retty good and that he d only skimmed it the last time he read it Lousy kids Another student said it was his favorite book that we d read so far And that it made him want to uit school and start living I guess that s Zees Story praise for the bookThe book is dividedretty neatly into thirds and that s how we broke it up as a class The first third is the main character who is a contemporary of Siddhartha Gotama the Buddha as a youth he is smart and talented and loved by all He s a rodigy in all things intellectual and religious but he s not satisfied he s not happy So he ends up ursuing a spiritual ath through extreme self deprivation This art is easy enough for my students as they re young themselves and art of Siddhartha s growing up is leaving home and striking out on his own ath They re really I hope in much the same circumstance starting to find a All Lost Things path for themselves that may be independent from theirarentsThe second ortion of the novel is harder Siddhartha gives up his ascetic way of life and now indulges in all the leasures he formerly eschewed He learns all about sex from a courtesan he becomes a wealthy businessman eventually he becomes a conoisseur of fine food and wine and a heavy gambler to boot He loses himself in this life and eventually realizes how unhappy he is His religious training of course always told him that these things were worthless and he finds that these comforts do not in fact make him happy I figured the students would find this far harder to relate to than I did but as so often I am I was wrong By and large they seemed to like this section as well as or better than the first Maybe it was all the sex not that it was even remotely graphic even though they didn t actually know what a courtesan is Many of them come from wealthy backgrounds so maybe they have first hand experience sort of in the ways that wealth isn t really satisfying Or maybe they ve just heard that over and over in our culture that money doesn t buy happiness Anyway they seemed to like it well enoughThe third section was almost certainly a harder sell It was hard for me to sell myself on it But Siddhartha leaves his life of luxury nearly commits suicide over his unhappiness and ends up becoming a simple or not so simple ferryman on a river This section is far full of or less eastern a touch of curry it s eastern flavored with strong hints of Nietzsche as well thought and spirituality It s tougher to really understand or get into though the essence isn t that hard you have to experience things for yourself and real wisdom can be the result of this experience but it s not really ossible to communicate that wisdom That s your Reader s Digest condesnsed version which I shouldn t even give because it s necessarily a distortion Read the book if you want to know it Anyway to round out my discussion of class discussion I think the momentum from the earlier arts of the book carried us through as they seemed to like the book as a whole and liked even the dense third section as well. Ern religions Jungian archetypes Western individualism into a uniue vision of life as expressed through one man's search for meanin.
MY BEST BOOK OF 2017 In life we all look for meaning we all look for something to give us a A Little Hotel On The Side purpose and in essence a reason to actually be alive Nobody wants to get to the end of their journey and realise it was all for nothing and that their days were utterly wasted So how do we find this meaning One must find the source within one s own Self one mustossess it Everything else was seeking a detour an error We must find our own Heute Ziehst Du Aus: Roman peace Siddhartha followed the teachings of others and it granted him very little happiness He meets Buddha or a Buddha and he realises that the only way he can achieve the same degree of serenity is to find it himself The words of the man as wise as they may be are just air they are not experience they are not one s own wisdom granted through trial So he takes his ownath albeit an indirect one and finally awakens his mind into a sense of enlightenment But in order to do so he must first realise the true state of emptiness And of course to understand emptiness one must first experience temporary fullness thus he walks into the world of the everyday man He indulges in their leasure gains ossessions and takes a lover He forms attachments and begets a household of servants and wealth Through experiencimg such things he learns that they are shallow and transitory they will never create the feeling of lasting happiness within his soul so he walks out once with the full realisation that Kapriolen Des Schicksals[Roman] peace can only come from onelace himself I have had to experience so much stupidity so many vices so much error so much nausea disillusionment and sorrow just in order to become a child again and begin anew I had to experience despair I had to sink to the greatest mental depths to thoughts of suicide in order to experience grace He experiences oneness with his own thoughts with everyone else and anything that resides in nature he becomes enlightened though only through returning from the darkest of times Suffering exists suffering will always exist and it is how we deal with this suffering that defines us it is how we The Magnanimous Heart pick ourselves up afterwards not letting it ruin our lives and those around us that makes us stronger In this Hesse capture something extremely difficult tout into words which is something the novel freuently recognises How does one accurately define these vague concepts of belief He doesn t So we rely on allegories to teach us these ideals to make us understand that happiness is not euitable with materialism and to make us realise that seeking something too ardently may mean we miss it altogether Seeking the meaning of life is not the answer living life the life of eace and compassion is Siddhartha follows the vibrations of his soul the sound of the river and it takes him exactly where he needs to go As a student of Buddhism as a struggling ractitioner I found this book extremely helpful It cuts through all the rhetoric the arguments and debates and gets to the very heart of the matter itself This is a book I will carry with me through life this is a book that has so much wisdom to impart and now the third book to truly impact me individuallyFacebook Twitter Insta Academia It was the book I read it four years back And to tell the truth I did not liked it much at the time I thought this guy has written a book for western audience who are not familiar with the Over Mintmarks and Hot Repunched Mintmarks philosophy of karma and dharma or rather in general the basichilosophy of India who after reading it will realize something esoteric And so it seemed to me a book containing wisdom that didn t touched me And I finished it with the verdict contains wisdom but lacks depth boring at times and do not grabs your heart and is not extra ordinary in any way But over the years I ve come to understand that it is this ordinary ness that which makes this work exceptional It is the story of common man just like you and me who goes through the struggles of life He is a man who have the ualities that we all common man ossess such as ambition greed ossessiveness lust lying and etc And it was one day when I was One Day in December pondering over the book I came to know that it was Hermann Hesse s own life that inspired him to write Siddhartha And it became clear to me why he has written the way it is written Then it dawned on me that it was all realistic happenings that the bookointed and not something esoteric Even the character Siddhartha as I came to realize was as fragile and incomplete imperfect as me or any common man Now I understand after many years that Hesse has written from the Alamo Story: From Early History to Current Conflicts point of view of a common man not arotege like Buddha or Adi Shankaracharya And it is in this light of the struggle of a lay man that this book comes in all its glory I mean in terms of wisdom and not in terms of reading leasure And as the time is assing by I m getting deeper and deeper into this book and understanding it betterHighly Recommended Has it ever happened to you that you are standing facing a magnificent breathtaking view in solitude and a strong wind hits you in the face You try to stay still with eyes closed and then an involuntary smile comes across your face This book was like that My apologies if this review reeks of GUSHness However it gave me that ONE OF A KIND reading experience that doesn t come along often and so I think it is certainly worthy of the Isabel de Solis, Soraya: Un Cuento de Amor En La Alhambra praise I shall heep upon it Beautifully written and a deeplyersonal story Hesse has created the ultimate expression of the journey of self discovery The book details the story of Siddhartha the young and brilliant son of a Brahmin in ancient India The Brahmin are the uber revered caste comprised of Out of the Box poetsriests teachers and scholars If I could turn back timeor The First Secret of Edwin Hoff perhapsass through some ortal which brings me face to face with my 14 year old self there are so many books I would recommend to little me grabbing my shoulders to shake my malnourished frame and insisting that I get to reading them as soon as effin ossible instead of waiting until I m too old and cynical and hyper critical to appreciate and relate to what they have to say If this ever iswas the case this time warp today I would robably see a lot novels as earth shattering and brain splattering magic rather than well retty good stuff that I interrupted much better reading over the last two days to absorb for no good reason save for the mild satisfaction of completing a taskThe main wrong idea I had about this novel which had uite a bit to do with it taking so long for me to get around to reading it is that it s specifically about the Buddha I don t have to explain the reason for that misconception right Cool moving on I thought maybe it was like a biography or some sort of weird Hessian alt history or wellhonestly I didn t think about it very far beyond that and even those assumptions were fuzzily formed and essentially microscopic Fortunately Hesse takes his novel in a much engaging direction by focusing in on a formerly devout and self restricting member of the Samana movement who falls in love with a real Playboy Bunny of a gal a lusty li. Herman Hesse's classic novel has delighted inspired and influenced generations of readers writers and thinkers In this story of a
Ttle obsession which uickly moves him away from his faith and into her País íntim privates Drugs drink gambling greed and fornication ensue for years And years And years And yearsSome of you may be familiar with thelace he eventually finds himself remorse self hatred what if s what if not s Under Lock and Key physical illness years of wasted time obsessive reflection ie largelyointless yet still horrifyingly circular cap D Dwelling nothing to show for your indulgences spiritually crushing and tooth grinding depression et mofuggin cetera Was there still any kind of filth he had not soiled himself with a sin or foolish act he had not committed a dreariness of the soul he had not brought upon himself Was it still at all ossible to be aliveA dark lace no doubt Unfortunately this is the Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II point where the book I was at first mildly bored with and then fully engaged in suddenly became just really fucking irritating Hesse takes the word slash concept Om and uses it as the ultimate androbably shortest named deus ex machina of all time in my Something Wicked personal brain library s dusty archives After spending unnumbered decades living like Robery Downey Sheen ourrotagonist sits by a river for I dunno a couple of minutes reciting Om before it just miraculously all comes back to him and he s all enlightened and at Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover peace again and shit this is not even remotely the end of the novel solease don t spoiler mark me out of spite So wait what Not for nothin but if I have even a mildly snaggle toothed hangover I Freud and His Followers practically reuire endless supplies of coffee and 800mg ibuprofen an animal andorerson to cuddle with liuid b12 drops at least an entire season of some television drama to fall into and various Pjesme plush surfaces to flail about on as I frantically loop Stuart Smalley uotes in my head just to keep the demons at bay Sure I am not enlightened and I know I sound like a total wimp right now especially compared to one so self disciplined as a monk type but I d say his story of basically spending half a lifetime dipped in chocolately boozeools with naked bodies slithering all around him while he assed the glass n rolled up dollar bill around gives new meaning to the hrase falling off the wagon Then again I guess being at one with the spiritual ath could be sorta like riding a bike maybe I don t suppose my hair turns white from shock every time I hear about an Amish kid returning to his village apr s Rumspringa Anyway my oint is that everything just happened so fast and I wasn t readyAll this nitpicking makes it sound like I didn t like the book even though I retty much did Trite as the whole setting free the bird image was as in one character literally sets free a bird on the day her lover decides to leave her because it s symbolic my heartstrings did lay a A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal purdy song when Siddhartha and his gal split ways and everything that happened after the whole Om Affair did snap me back into the story Iarticularly dug the ending as there was ambiguity in a lot of the right Nacht places and the very last scene was uite lovely Read it young me Read it right after you get the almanac back from Biff Oh and speaking of the almanac you re definitely gonna want to hold on to that thing because honey let me tell you a little something about the world economy in the early 21st centuryHaha Cher s totally stuck in your head now Sucker By the latterart of the 19th Century the colonial spread of European owers across the world was in full swing The British ruled India and Australia and had gone to war with China to force opium on the opulation Africa South America and the Philippines had been The Da Vinci Cod: A Fishy Parody portioned out for Western rule and control of resourcesBut tyranny does not travel only in one direction from conueror to subject When Medieval European knights returned from the crusades they brought with them mathematicalrinciples Greek and Roman texts and thus was the European Renaissance kindled by the Light of Islam Africans were brought to America as slaves but even being scattered and mistreated did not The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together prevent them from changing the culture gifting us with blues jazz and African descended words like funk mojo boogie and cool It was the same with the colonialowers of the fin de si cle who brought back stories myths fashions art and Curse of Rocky Colavito philosophies from all over the world Many Europeans grew obsessed with these foreign religions finding in them both universal truths of human existence and completely new modes of thought Organizations like the Theosophical Society were formed to explore these religions it was all the rageBut there was aroblem they got almost all of it wrongA Frenchman could spend his entire life learning the intricacies of Greek and Hebrew in order to study Catholicism its origins Captive philosophies schisms heresies and history and still find that in the end there is much he does not know and that he d made many errors along the way This despite the fact that his culture is already steeped in it he can go and speak to one of hundreds of experts any time he has a uestion and has access to a complete library of texts on the subject written in his own language and byeople of a similar cultureNow imagine our 19th Century Gascon trying to do the same thing with Buddhism where not only the original texts on the subject but the histories and analyses are in not merely a foreign language but a completely different language branch where the experts are from a different culture and speak a different language and where the complexity and depth of history are just as vastIt s no wonder that the Theosophists and similar groups ended up with garbled mistranslated simplified versions that combined opposing schools of thought haphazardly As an old hilosophy rofessor of mine once said You can learn a great deal about German Protestantism from reading Siddhartha but almost nothing about BuddhismWhat ultimately emerged from the Theosophist movement was not a branch of Western Buddhism but the New Age Movement a grab bag of the same old Western ideas dressed up as mystical Oriental wisdom Indeed the central idea of the inane self help book The Secret and of So there s a damn dirty hippie in India named Siddhartha who is supposed to be seeking spiritual enlightenment but instead of going to a good Christian church like a normal erson he wanders around the woods for a while with some other damn dirty hippies After he meets Buddha he finally gets tired of being broke ass and homeless and he goes into town where he makes a ile of money This is good because everyone knows that engaging in capitalism is the only The Kennel Club's Illustrated Breed Standards: The Official Guide to Registered Breeds proper way to go through life As a bonus he also meets a beautiful woman Then just when he s having a good ole time doing business drinking gambling and making time with the woman the dang fool s hippie ideasop up again and he walks away from all of it Remember that Chris Farley routine on Saturday Night Live where he d scream that someone would end up living in a van down by the river Well this hippie ends up living in a hut down by the river And that s even worse because at least yo. Ealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of Sons of Brahma privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment Hesse synthesizes disparatehilosophies East.
Hermann Hesse was a German Swiss poet novelist and painter In 1946 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature His best known works include Steppenwolf Siddhartha and The Glass Bead Game also known as Magister Ludi which explore an individual's search for spirituality outside societyIn his time Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German speaking world; worldwide fame only c