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A Few Words on Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

December 2, 2010
Siddhartha (novel)

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A few words on Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse …   I read this book in one sitting while at work a few weeks ago.  I couldn’t put it aside because I was so entranced by it.  I kept wanting to write on it, but was never sure what to say about it.  It is a well flowing short novel that I think chronicles the growth of the human character as we age and experience life.  I think each individual who reads this book will gain something unique out of it as it seems to describe the human experience all through the protagonist’s search for enlightenment.  I loved the trials and errors the protagonist follows in his search and his both seemingly perfect and imperfect nature.  It is a book that left me speechless, but desiring to say something profound about it.

Siddhartha listened. He was now nothing but a listener, completely concentrated on listening, completely empty, he felt, that he had now finished learning to listen. Often before, he had heard all this, these many voices in the river, today it sounded new. Already, he could no longer tell the many voices apart, not the happy ones from the weeping ones, not the ones of children from those of men, they all belonged together, the lamentation of yearning and the laughter of the knowledgeable one, the scream of rage and the moaning of the dying ones, everything was one, everything was intertwined and connected, entangled a thousand times. And everything together, all voices, all goals, all yearning, all suffering, all pleasure, all that was good and evil, all of this together was the world. All of it together was the flow of events, was the music of life. And when Siddhartha was listening attentively to this river, this song of a thousand voices, when he neither listened to the suffering nor the laughter, when he did not tie his soul to any particular voice and submerged his self into it, but when he heard them all, perceived the whole, the oneness, then the great song of the thousand voices consisted of a single word, which was Om: the perfection.

If you want to read it yourself you can find it on Project Gutenberg as well as at your local library :).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2011 9:08 am

    I had bought this book long time ago but somehow I have not got around to reading it yet. After reading your review, I think I am going to bring it up on my list.

    • March 2, 2011 9:13 am

      I think it is definitely worth bringing up on your list. It is a very quick read and I think well worth the time you spend on it.

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