Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse wrote Siddhartha during a period in his life in which he suffered what he described as a “sickness with life.” He claimed to be unable to complete the book because he had not experienced the kind of nirvana that Siddhartha, the main character, wants to achieve — so Hesse surrounded himself with sacred Buddhist and Hindu teachings and lived as a recluse in order to complete this work.
Siddhartha is a short, simple tale of a man’s quest to achieve enlightenment and happiness. Over twelve short chapters the reader follows Siddhartha through his time as a young adult, to his exploration of spirituality as a traveling ascetic, to his delving in lust, business, and greed, to his time as an old man. At each stage of his life Siddhartha yearns for nirvana, finally achieving it only after realizing that it’s all of life’s experiences that form it, not the teachings of any one man.
Today Siddhartha remains an influential text in new Western spirituality.
141 printed pages

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    Анастасия Малееваshared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot
    🎯Worthwhile
    💞Loved Up
    🚀Unputdownable

    One of the best books i've ever read in my short live. Indeed this immaculate masterpiece is worth reading despite that at the first glance the text seems difficult to understand, but it isn't. There're so many hidden secrets and advices on understanding and seeing life, on sin, virtue, fall and rise of man. Unfortunately i don't read much, but this is the book i am happy to read many and many times more in many languages i know now and will know in the future. And if once i'll decide to learn German, the first and the strongest motivation will be the desire to read "Siddhartha" in original.

    Anushka Sinhashared an impression7 months ago
    💡Learnt A Lot

    It's worth a morning read, It gave me a different perspective. I grew a bit from within, perhaps. Finished this book within 3.5 hours. Go for it, you shall have two sides of impression, one to ridicule it and other to have felt the suppressed wisdom in it. I chose the later one.

    Carlos Godinezshared an impression8 months ago
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot
    💞Loved Up

    Un libro sinceramente asombroso. Oculto a veces en extrañas y difíciles palabras, encontramos un significado al sentir de la vida por el amor que en ella reside por cada cosa, cada persona, y cada animal. Nos revela la existencia de lo existente y su metamorfosis como una probabilidad, pero que sin embargo, está presente en su forma, de colores y de sabores. La verdad opuesta a la verdad. Si han de leer el libro, habrá que tener ojos bien puestos, y la mente bien abierta, pero sobre todo, un corazón sincero.

Quotes

    juliesparks5has quoted7 years ago
    Truly, no thing in this world has kept my thoughts thus busy, as this my very own self, this mystery of me being alive,
    Анастасияhas quoted2 years ago
    Noth­ing was, noth­ing will be; everything is, everything has ex­ist­ence and is present.
    katarinamalnarhas quoted10 days ago
    even he, who knew so much, did he live in bliss­ful­ness, did he have peace, was he not also just a search­ing man, a thirsty man?

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