A young man, blessed with loving parents and a safe home in a world where want and neglect abound, leaves this haven in search of himself. He joins the Samanas, a band of wandering ascetics without possessions or earthly ties. His quest unfulfilled, he descends into a life of unbounded luxury and indulgence. Where is truth? Where will his soul find true ease? In denial? In decadence? Or in some truth far greater than himself, so simple, so close to him, yet so obvious that only clear eyes may see it?
Siddhartha reawakens questions most of us have long ceased asking ourselves and opens paths to spirituality many of us have never traveled.
Translated by Joachim Neugroschel.
Originally published in 1922. Translation ©1999 Joachim Neugroschel; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC.
This book was an attempt to deal with the age old struggle of what does one do with the struggle of hope in the eternal in the midst of a world that is so garage an filled with pain. it was a personal struggle for Hesse, heightened by the devastation of WW II. he found hope in Eastern Mysticism and in Carl Jung, and he brought these hopes in the story. his multi struggles with dying to self come to a head when suicide is finally seen as an ultimate illusion and in the end the integration of sin and spirit is the answer. they are not judged, just seen as part of the whole.
Siddhartha follows the life of a man, who like the Buddha, leaves home and comfort and privilege to seek something more. Even encountering the Buddha himself along his journey, he ultimately seeks his own path; his own inner teaching. He goes from one extreme (asceticism) to another (sensuality and worldliness) before reaching equilibrium beside the great river.
Deep, wise, and yet quite accessible, this little book is going to stay with me the rest of my life.
This is much more like a poem or piece of art, similar to a painting. You may draw some conclusions about life but they are more likely a reflection of your own emotions. I suspect many will interpret it differently.
Powerful. Compelling. Inspiring
Herman Hesse must have been truly enlightened to have written such a profound novel. The spiritual truths in this book will change your life. The story itself is captivating. The narrator does an amazing job. I can not possibly recommend this enough.
Identical twin-both All American Swimmers. I coached world record holders, taught Peak Performance Practices, wrote Winning Ways for Living
Passionate and dynamic reading of a very poetic rendition of the classic Ramayana. I've read 5 translations and this is GREAT and inspiring.
I was entranced by the story and feel as though my perception of my world has shifted to something indescribably better. Wow!
Having read Siddartha as a young man, I revisited Hesse fifty years later, and again found Hesse's story reached deep in my soul with this timeless story about man's search for meaning. Near thevend, Siddartha looks back at all of life's sadness, loss, pleasures, and beauty to find order and love.
Read it in high school in the 1970s and now a second time as a lifelong meditator. Though there a probably a couple of minor issues with description of the path, Hess had amazing insight.
I know this is one of those classics that people love. Well, I don't. I didn't like Catcher in the Rye either. The performance was fine, but I just couldn't get into the story.
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