Siddhartha, the son of a Brahmin, who enjoys a near idyllic existence is secretly unsatisfied and leaves his home to join the Samanas who believe enlightenment can be reached through asceticism, a rejection of the body and physical desire. His companion Govinda is also in search of enlightenment and decides to come along with Siddhartha. Both of them walk the earth with the samanas in search of enlightenment. Will they achieve enlightenment?
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I wished that the narrator would have just spoken in a normal voice and not in the voice of someone sounding like a voiceover actor from a commercial. Such a bombastic tone for a humble character seemed ironic.
The narrator brings a dramatic authenticity to the text, which is itself a timeless classic of wisdom ;) (as much as it may be communicated)
This is the third time I imbibe Hesse's presentation of Siddarth's ancient story. Each time I'm moved and fascinated, even more so I can see how deeply this book has actually affected my life.
I give this book to those closest to me, it is life changing and meaningful. If you want a story that is mesmerizing and profound, read this book.
The narrator has an accent, is quite animated, and has an odd cadence, making it a bit hard to understand at first. But you get the hang of it eventually. A great story!
I had the print version for months and just couldn't get started, so I elected to listen to audio while driving to get the book done.
I had to really focus on the story to stay with it but when I achieved concentration, I found valuable nuggets. I particularly liked the concept of being a person who is always seeking and searching instruction and enlightenment verses a person who enjoys finding, understanding and living in wisdom. As a result of reading this book, I will shift my focus to delight in "finding" and practicing what I find as well as more gratitude for the find. I plan to read or listen again to this book because I think I will gain more from it by resting and then reacquainting myself with the messages it contains.
"Writing is good, thinking is better."
I have loved this book for many many years, the first time I read it I was a doubting catholic, second a insecure agnostic, but every few years and at different stages of my life I have read it and everytime I rediscover it and it reconquers me; this time I sat to read this book with a little trepidation for I am a lifetime away from the young person that first read it, continents removed from where I first found Siddhartha and totally devoid from faith, I worried that my old friend would not speak to me, to my old heart. I had nothing to fear, for this book is universal and like the river it speaks of it is timeless.
“Truly, nothing in the world has so occupied my thoughts as this I, this riddle, the fact I am alive, that I am separated and isolated from all others, that I am Siddhartha! And about nothing in the world do I know less about than me, about Siddhartha!”
This is not religion or dogma, this is the eternal search of consciousness, the seeking of peace through understanding.
“It is not for me to judge another man's life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.”
A book that is beautiful and full of wisdom, an introduction to the most interesting ideas the orient has to offer. written in 1922 it influenced our culture greatly opened a door to a system of belief that does not require the submission of the self to dogma but the flowering of the self.
“Within Siddhartha there slowly grew and ripened the knowledge of what wisdom really was and the goal of his long seeking. It was nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.
This thought matured in him slowly, and it was reflected in Vasudeva's old childlike face: harmony, knowledge of the eternal perfection of the world, and unity.”
A way of seeing the world and life without so much fear, and acceptance of the opportunity that is life not a call to make every action in this live a preparation for death, but a preparation for understanding for accepting the good and the bad without rancor without begging to a god.
“You will become tired, Siddhartha."
"I will become tired."
"You will fall asleep, Siddhartha."
"I will not fall asleep."
"You will die, Siddhartha."
"I will die.”
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
“All this had always been and he had never seen it; he was never present. Now he was present and belonged to it. Through his eyes he saw light and shadows; through his mind he was aware of moon and stars (p. 38).”
So if you need a spiritual revival or a beautiful novel I can not recommend a better book, I who is a non believer recommend a little ॐ ( Om ).
This audiobook has the best sound production I have heard in this format, adding depth and atmosphere to what is a great book.
"Unable to listen, couldn't bear narrator's style."
Can you return audio books? I am unable to listen to this as the narrator's style is unbearably self-conscious and smug. Very disappointed. I would give 0 stars if I could.
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