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Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse

One of my favorite books ever is Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. It is a journey through the stages of life and spiritual awakening. It captures the nature of how we inhabit our lives and experience an ever-changing outward identity as we age, have careers and move through relationships.


Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

We are a child, a young adult, and then a house-holder. We are students, we are workers and then we get old and our abilities decrease.


This book takes you through all of those stages, and shows you how the Self never changes and that the search to know oneself is the real adventure.





Excerpt From

Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse


“Slowly walking along, Siddhartha pondered. He realized that he was no youth any more, but had turned into a man. He realized that one thing had left him, as a snake is left by its old skin, that one thing no longer existed in him, which had accompanied him throughout his youth and used to be a part of him: the wish to have teachers and to listen to teachings. He had also left the last teacher who had appeared on his path, even him, the highest and wisest teacher, the most holy one, Buddha, he had left him, had to part with him, was not able to accept his teachings.
Slowly, he walked along in his thoughts and asked himself: “But what is this, what you have sought to learn from teachings and from teachers, and what they, who have taught you much, were still unable to teach you?” And he found: “It was the self, the purpose and essence of which I sought to learn. It was the self; I wanted to free myself from, which I sought to overcome. But I was not able to overcome it, could only deceive it, could only flee from “ it, only hide from it. Truly, nothing in this world has kept my thoughts thus busy, as this my very own self, this mystery of me being alive, of me being one and being separated and isolated from all others, of me being Siddhartha!
And there is nothing in this world I know less about than about me, about Siddhartha!”

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