Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha: An Open Source Reader. Edited by Lee . The Reading Selection from “Gotama”. . A translation of Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha , .. can be explained or understood as arising from any physical system as de-. Siddhartha Gautama (also known as the Buddha “the awakened one”) is best known in English as the title of the novel by Hermann Hesse. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 16 by Hermann Hesse. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. No cover available. Download; Bibrec.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. Herman Hesse’s classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism–into a unique vision of life as expressed throug Herman Hesse’s classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers.

Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism–into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man’s search for true meaning.

Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published December 1st by Bantam Books first published SiddharthaGovindaGotamaKamalaVasudeva. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Siddharthaplease sign up. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book. But what makes this book so great? Pranjal Singh It’s simplicity.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

The book feels so simple in its words but when you finish it you feel wiser and would read it again Although it’s from a different culture, the experiences are sidduarta common and relate-able. In life, sometimes it happens that we suddenly stop and become aware of ourselves I learnt how to handle after reading this book.

Although, you might learn something else. Something more important hermanm you. My favourite quote from this book: When you let go of the searching, you start finding.

My favorite book ever. I hope to attain siddhwrta spiritual wisdom seen here in this book. Richard Blackwell you’ll love this new edition of it https: See all 25 questions about Siddhartha….

Lists with This Book. Jun 22, Kemper rated it really liked it Shelves: After dde meets Buddha, he finally gets tired of being broke-ass and homeless, and he goes into town where he makes a pile of money.

This is good because everyone knows that engaging in capitalism is the only proper way to go through life. As a bonus, he also meets a beautiful woman. Well, this hippie ends up living in a hut down by the river. Finally, Siddartha thinks that the river is god. Or something stupid like that. Give me one of them Lee Child novels any day over this hippie dippie crap. Actually, this is an elegant allegory about a guy going through different phases as he pursues a lifelong quest to rid himself of his ego so that he can know true peace and enlightenment.


View all comments. Nov 24, Michelle rated it it was ok Shelves: Blah blah blah Samana. Blah blah blah Kamala. Blah blah blah Samsara. Blah blah blah River.

Blah blah blah Om. Aug 15, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: My skddharta if this review reeks of “GUSHness. Beautifully written and a deeply personal 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.

How refreshing is it that their most revered group is not made up of morally questionable athletes, morally suspect celebrities and morally bankrupt politicians He knows deep inside that there is something missing and decides to leave his father and his future and seek enlightenment. Thus begins one of the truly exceptional stories in modern literature. First, to a group of ascetics who shun personal possessions and view sddharta physical world as the source of all pain; 2.

Next to a beautiful courtesan who teaches Siddhartha the mysterious of physical love, to a world; 3. Third, to a wealthy trader who teaches Siddhartha about profit, trade and worldly pleasures; 4.

Then to a life of hedonistic excess in which Siddhartha eats, drinks, gambles and indulges in numerous sexual conquests in a very SinCityesque way Finally, back to an ascetic life, but one that embraces the world and everything in it as special and unique. Throughout the gahtama stages of his journey, Siddhartha finds something of value in everyone he interacts with and each stage brings him closer to his ultimate goal.

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Through elegant and deeply evocative writing, Hesse hsse, through Siddhartha’s journey, the fundamental value sixdharta each and every person on Earth. Everyone has something special to contribute to the universe. Siddhartha’s final realization of his goal of finding enlightenment is simply amazing and one that I can not recommend more strongly that everyone read. I was raised Roman Catholic and spent most of my undergraduate and graduate academic life learning about western philosophy, history and literature.

It is an amazing read but also a deeply personal one and I think that everyone will get something different out of reading it. Hopefully it is something very, very positive. View all 31 comments. In life we all look for meaning, we all look for something to give us a purpose and, in essence, a reason to actually be alive.

Nobody wants to get to the end of their journey and realise it was herman for nothing, and that their days herkann utterly wasted. So how do we find this meaning? Everything else was seeking — a detour, an error. 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 dee air; they are not experience: So he takes his own path, 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 pleasure, gains possessions 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 more with the full realisation that peace can only come from one place: I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.

Suffering exists, suffering will always exist, and it is how we deal with this suffering that defines us: In this Hesse capture something extremely difficult to put into words, which is something the novel frequently recognises. How does one accurately define these vague concepts of belief? So we rely on allegories to teach us these ideals, to make us understand that happiness is not equitable 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 peace 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 practitioner, 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 individually. View all 17 comments. The main wrong idea I had about this novel–which had quite 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? I thought maybe it was like a biography or some sort of weird Hessian alt-history or, well Drugs, drink, gambling, greed, and fornication ensue for years.

Some of you may be familiar with the place he eventually finds himself:

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