Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Must Read: Hermann Hesse - Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse - Siddhartha 



It is a about a young mans journey of self and spiritual discovery. I really feel like everyone should read this book at least once in their life, esp if you are on a self journey to some sort of personal discovery. It is a fairly short book and a quick read, it would only take a few hours of your life and make an impact. You can even read the eBook for free, you can download it to your computer or your eReader!

From Goodreads.com:
In the shade of a banyan tree, a grizzled ferryman sits listening to the river. Some say he's a sage. He was once a wandering shramana &, briefly, like thousands of others, he followed Gotama the Buddha, enraptured by his sermons. But this man, Siddhartha, was not a follower of any but his own soul.

Born son of a Brahmin, Siddhartha was blessed in appearance, intelligence & charisma. In order to find meaning in life, he discarded his promising future for the life of a wandering ascetic. Still, true happiness evaded him. Then a life of pleasure & titillation merely eroded away his spiritual gains until he was just like all the other "child people," dragged around by his desires.