A boy leaves his palace to become a Samana ,rejects the teaching of an Exalted one in the search of truth. He settles into a city, falls into love ,becomes rich one ,addicted to gambling and wine and again becomes a venerable saga.
Yes, I’m talking about a classic fiction of Hermann Hesse “Siddhartha”. The masterpiece introduces with the spiritual journey of an Indian boy in the age of Buddha. Hermann Hesse, a German writer, wrote his 9th novels during a long Indian tour.
There’s a Brahmin boy Siddhartha; sacrificed his house in his early age to join the forest. Within a few years he mastered in all the arts like fasting , thinking, waiting , meditating, breathing, pronouncing OM… and many more. One day he rejected the teachings of an Exalted one Goatma and walked lonely in the search of enlightenment.
He spent a lot of time and learnt a lot and then he wanted to taste the varieties of life flavour. Oneday he shifted in a city and fall in love with a courtesan Kamla. She taught him art of love and also approached with him to a merchant Kamaswami to learn merchandise and also to earn for their demand and desire. He became addicted to gambling, dice, wine, delicious food, palace, money and…. ofcourse Kamla.
Oneday after getting tired of this wordy pleasure he left the city and went to a river where he tried to attempt suicide. But, did he commit suicide…? No….instead he observed the ambience of river bank, learnt a lot from stream and started living with a ferryman Vasudeva as a ferry.
Oneday in a pilgrimage he again met with Kamla who had left prostitution long ago and had became a monk as well as the mother of a child; from the last love with Siddhartha. Soon Kamla, because of a snake bite, counted her last breath in the hut of Siddhartha and left him with his son.
The end of this book incarnate him again as a samna , gifted him the enlightenment and he entered salvation, his childhood goal, in the presence of his childhood friend Govinda.
It’s ending possess plethora of worthy quotes, life lessons and teachings that can help you to find the inner soul and explore true happyness.
It’s hard to capitulate the 164 pages of this spiritual novel into limited words…but I’ve tried my best.
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