Not a book review: a series where I will share a few words, sentences and lines from books that made its mark on my mind.

Today I will share some beautiful lines from the book- Siddhartha

A little about this book:

Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse. This is a beautiful story of a man’s spiritual journey of self-discovery during the time of Gautama Buddha.

Hermann Karl Hesse was a German-born poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The theme of the novel is the search for self-realization by a young Brahman, Siddhartha.

The word Siddhartha is made up of two words in Sanskrit language, siddha (achieved) + artha (what was searched for), which together means “he who has found meaning (of existence)” or “he who has attained his goals”.

Siddhartha goes away from home in his search for meaning and truth in a world of sorrow and suffering. As Siddhartha grows older, a fundamental truth gradually becomes apparent both to him and to the readers, that there is no single path to self-growth.

My favorite lines from the book:

(1)

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“When someone seeks,” said Siddhartha, “then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”

-Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

(2)

“They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.”

-Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

(3)

“Most people…are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.”

-Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

(4)

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“Whether it is good or evil, whether life in itself is pain or pleasure, whether it is uncertain-that it may perhaps be this is not important-but the unity of the world, the coherence of all events, the embracing of the big and the small from the same stream, from the same law of cause, of becoming and dying.”

-Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha


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(5)

“Siddhartha has one single goal-to become empty, to become empty of thirst, desire, dreams, pleasure and sorrow-to let the Self die. No longer to be Self, to experience the peace of an emptied heart, to experience pure thought-that was his goal.”

-Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

(6)

“Which father, which teacher had been able to protect him from living his life for himself, from soiling himself with life, from burdening himself with guilt, from drinking the bitter drink for himself, from finding his path for himself? Would you think, my dear, anybody might perhaps be spared from taking this path? That perhaps your little son would be spared, because you love him, because you would like to keep him from suffering and pain and disappointment? But even if you would die ten times for him, you would not be able to take the slightest part of his destiny upon yourself.”

-Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

(7)

“…for you know that soft is stronger than hard, water stronger than rock, love stronger than force.”

-Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

(8)

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“The river is in all places at once, at its source and where it flows into the sea, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the rapids, in the ocean, in the mountains, everywhere at once, so for the river there is only the present moment and not the shadow of the future.
And once I learned this I considered my life, and it too was a river, and the boy Siddhartha was separated from the man Siddhartha and the graybeard Siddhartha only by shadows, not by real things. Nothing was, nothing will be; everything is.”

-Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha


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(9)

“What is meditation? What is leaving one’s body? What is fasting? What is holding one’s breath? It is fleeing from the self, it is a short escape of the agony of being a self, it is a short numbing of the senses against the pain and the pointlessness of life. The same escape, the same short numbing is what the driver of an ox-cart finds in the inn, drinking a few bowls of rice-wine or fermented coconut-milk. Then he won’t feel his self any more, then he won’t feel the pains of life any more, then he finds a short numbing of the senses. When he falls asleep over his bowl of rice-wine, he’ll find the same what Siddhartha and Govinda find when they escape their bodies through long exercises, staying in the non-self.”

-Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha


Have you read this book? Which is your favorite line from the book?

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11 thoughts on “Not a Book Review: Siddhartha

    1. I’m so glad to know this is one of your favorite books as well. This one’s really close to my heart, because I remember I use to read it during some tough times of my life. It helped me gain perspective. I’ve got to reread it again.
      Thanks for sharing your thought, appreciate it!

      Best wishes,
      Binita

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  1. I haven’t read this book since middle school, when I was too immature to absorb it. Bits and pieces of it have remained in my mind after 40 or so years and I’ve thought about reading it again. I think I will now. Thankyou for the reminder and for visiting my blog.

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  2. Great post! I read Siddhartha last year, intending it to be a quick read to complete my Goodreads challenge! I was so absorbed in it, just a beautiful piece of writing, and I’ve thought about it many times since. So glad to be reminded of it again!

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