Etzsche as well thought and spirituality It s tougher to really understand or get into though the essence isn t that hard you have to experience things for yourself real wisdom can
be the of this experience but it s not really possible to communicate that wisdom the result of this experience but it s not really possible to communicate that wisdom s your Reader s Digest condesnsed version which I shouldn t even give because it s necessarily a distortion Read the book if you want to now it Anyway to round out my discussion of class discussion I think the momentum from the earlier parts of the book carried us through as they seemed to like the book as a whole and liked even the dense third section as well Most religions now of it as Enlightenment when the individual transcends himself and sees himself as one with the ultimate reality It can be theistic the Aham Brahma Asmi I am the Brahman or Tat Tvam Asi Thou Art That of Hinduism or atheistic the Buddhist Nirvana based on the Anatman non soul but the person who achieves it according to all sources is caught up in profound rapture To reach this stage one has to tread an arduous path Carl Gustav Jung called the process individuation Joseph Campbell called it the hero s journey Herman Hesse s eponymous protagonist of Siddhartha is a man who embarks on this enterpriseSiddhartha the handsome Brahmin youth who apparently has everything is dissatisfied with life with the whole pointlessness of it He leaves home with his friend Govinda and joins a group of ascetics the Samanas who have made renunciation a way of life However the true seeker he is Siddhartha finds that simple renunciation does not work for him
He Joins The Buddha joins the Buddha pursuit of enlightenment However he soon understands that whatever nowledge he must possess must be experiential Leaving Govinda to become a Buddhist ascetic Siddhartha buries himself in the sensual world across the river where Kamala the courtesan trains him up in the pleasures of the flesh and Kamaswami the merchant instructs him in the secrets of commerce Siddhartha soon tires of these too he returns to the river in penury not Dragonsbane knowing that his child is growing within Kamala and is taken up by the aged boatman Vasudeva as a helperHere ferrying people across the river Siddhartha finally attains enlightenment not from a great teacher not from years of penanace and not even from theindly Vasudeva even though he points the way but from the river Kamala s death and his son s abandonment of the stranger father completes his education as distress turns to peace Then it s time for Vasudeva the mentor to disappear leaving his student alone with the river What the river told Siddhartha The river flows and becomes one with the ocean The vapour from the ocean form into clouds and de. Lthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies Eastern. ,
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Scend on the mountains becoming the river The river eeps on flowing it is inconstant ever renewing never the same yet it is eternal The river flows and the river is On its surface you can see the faces of all your loved ones whether alive dead or yet to be born In the roar of the river if you listen carefully you can hear the sacred AUM the first syllable outward the second one inward the third one silenceand the fourth one the all encompassing silence which bears the sound of the cosmic ocean in its wombHighly recommended 717 Siddhartha Eine indische Dichtung "Siddhartha Herman HesseSiddhartha Is A " Herman HesseSiddhartha is a by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha The book Hesse s ninth novel was written in German in a simple lyrical style It was published in the US in 1951 and became influential during the 1960 s 2007 1340 160 1355 160 1362 1367 1373 1375 134 1381 1394 20 1373 155 1376 1381 1385 1387 9645509114 1388 9789643204143 1392 152 9786001760884 1374 225 1376 167 9646663044 1385 174 1386 1387 9789643116286 1394 144 9789642092338 28051399 So there s a damn dirty hippie in
India named Siddhartha who is supposed to be seeking spiritual enlightenment but instead of going to a good Christian church likenamed Siddhartha who is supposed to be seeking spiritual enlightenment but instead of going to a good Christian church like normal person he wanders around the woods for a while with some other damn dirty hippies After he 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 nows that engaging in capitalism is the only proper way to go through life As a bonus he also meets a beautiful woman Then just when he s having a good ole time doing business drinking gambling and making time with the woman the dang fool s hippie ideas pop up again and he walks away from all of it Remember that Chris Farley routine on Saturday Night Live where he d scream that someone would end up living in a van down by the river Well this hippie ends up living in a hut down by the river And that s even worse because at least you could play the radio in a van Finally Siddartha thinks that the river is god Or something stupid like that It just didn t make any sense Give me one of them Lee Child novels any day over this hippie dippie crap That Jack Reacher is a man s manJust Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator kiddingActually this is an elegant allegory about a guy going through different phases as he pursues a lifelong uest to rid himself of his ego so that he cannow true peace and enlightenment It s filled with incredible writing and it s short and smart enough to hold the attention of even a doofus like me I d put this in the category of books that everyone should read at least once. Religions Jungian archetypes Western individualism into a uniue vision of life as expressed through one man's search for true meaning. I taught this book to juniors and when I did I became frustrated with a student when I introduced it because he let his classmates now that he d already read it and it sucked I m happy to report now that
WE VE FINISHED IT THAT HISve finished it that his didn t seem to hurt the class s opinion of the book too badly In fact that student himself said it was pretty good and that he d only skimmed it the last time he read it Lousy ids Another student said it was his favorite book that we
D Read So Farread so far that it made him want to uit school and start living I guess that s praise for the bookThe book is divided pretty neatly into thirds and that s how we broke it up as a class The first third is the main character who is a contemporary of Siddhartha Gotama the Buddha as a youth he is smart and talented and loved by all He s a prodigy in all things intellectual and religious but he s not satisfied he s not happy So he ends up pursuing a spiritual path through extreme self deprivation This part is easy enough for my students as they re young themselves and part of Siddhartha s growing up is leaving home and striking out on his own "path They re really I hope in much the same circumstance starting to find a path for " They re really I hope in much the same circumstance starting to find a path for that may be independent from their parentsThe second portion of the novel is harder Siddhartha gives up his ascetic way of life and now indulges in all the pleasures he formerly eschewed He learns all about sex from a courtesan he becomes a wealthy businessman eventually he becomes a conoisseur of fine food and wine and a heavy gambler to boot He loses himself in this life and eventually realizes how unhappy he is His religious training of course always told him that these things were worthless and he finds that these comforts do not in fact make him happy I figured the students would find this far harder to relate to than I did but as so often I am I was wrong By and large they seemed to like this section as well as or better than the first Maybe it was all the sex not that it was even remotely graphic even though they didn t actually now what a courtesan is Many of them come from wealthy backgrounds so maybe they have first hand experience sort of in the ways that wealth isn t really satisfying Or maybe they ve just heard that over and over in our culture that money doesn t buy happiness Anyway they seemed to like it well enoughThe third section was almost certainly a harder sell It was hard for me to sell myself on it But Siddhartha leaves his life of luxury nearly commits suicide over his unhappiness and ends up becoming a simple or not so simple ferryman on a river This section is far full of or less eastern a touch of curry it s eastern flavored with strong hints of Ni. Herman Hesse's classic novel has delighted inspired and influenced generations of readers writers and thinkers In this story of a wea.