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on 25 August 2015
I have loved this book for many many years, the first time I read it I was a doubting catholic, second a insecure agnostic, but every few years and at different stages of my life I have read it and everytime I rediscover it and it reconquers me; this time I sat to read this book with a little trepidation for I am a lifetime away from the young person that first read it, continents removed from where I first found Siddhartha and totally devoid from faith, I worried that my old friend would not speak to me, to my old heart. I had nothing to fear, for this book is universal and like the river it speaks of it is timeless.
“Truly, nothing in the world has so occupied my thoughts as this I, this riddle, the fact I am alive, that I am separated and isolated from all others, that I am Siddhartha! And about nothing in the world do I know less about than me, about Siddhartha!”
This is not religion or dogma, this is the eternal search of consciousness, the seeking of peace through understanding.
“It is not for me to judge another man's life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.”
A book that is beautiful and full of wisdom, an introduction to the most interesting ideas the orient has to offer. written in 1922 it influenced our culture greatly opened a door to a system of belief that does not require the submission of the self to dogma but the flowering of the self.
“Within Siddhartha there slowly grew and ripened the knowledge of what wisdom really was and the goal of his long seeking. It was nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.
This thought matured in him slowly, and it was reflected in Vasudeva's old childlike face: harmony, knowledge of the eternal perfection of the world, and unity.”
A way of seeing the world and life without so much fear, and acceptance of the opportunity that is life not a call to make every action in this live a preparation for death, but a preparation for understanding for accepting the good and the bad without rancor without begging to a god.
“You will become tired, Siddhartha."
"I will become tired."
"You will fall asleep, Siddhartha."
"I will not fall asleep."
"You will die, Siddhartha."
"I will die.”
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
“All this had always been and he had never seen it; he was never present. Now he was present and belonged to it. Through his eyes he saw light and shadows; through his mind he was aware of moon and stars (p. 38).”
So if you need a spiritual revival or a beautiful novel I can not recommend a better book, I who is a non believer recommend a little ॐ ( Om ).