Siddhartha by Herman Hesse


Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that tells the story of a young Brahman named Siddhartha who embarks on a journey to find self-realization.

He leaves behind his comfortable life and wanders in search of meaning and purpose. Along the way, he meets various people who help him find inner peace and enlightenment.

The book teaches us that if we want to be free from desire and find peace within ourselves, we must reach nirvana (a state of blissful emptiness).

The main themes of the book include the search for self-realization, the contradictions between reality and what we are taught, the value of stillness, breath, and fasting, and the idea that wisdom can only be gained through experiences, not teachings.

Other themes include the path to spiritual enlightenment, nature and the spirit, direction and indirection, truth and illusion, and satisfaction and dissatisfaction.

What I Liked

Everything – this is a classic, timeless novel that I’ve read three times. Weirdly, the guy reminds me of Benjamin Franklin who also showed that there is plenty of time in life to do all the things, but not all at once. They have to be sequential.

What I Did Not Like

Nothing – amazing novel.

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