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!

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.