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Siddhartha (1922)

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The book Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is an insightful take on Buddha's journey to seek enlightenment. Hesse cleverly turned the Buddha's expedition into a story one might tell in a simple novel. The story begins at Siddhartha's youth (who later becomes the Buddha). Siddhartha is not pleased with the path that has been laid for him. He decides to part from his family to take on a journey of his own with his closest friend, Godiva. Together, they take become beggars, that is, until Siddhartha decides he wants to find the Perfect One (a term for the Buddha). Siddhartha faces the struggle of life and suffering throughout the book. He makes mistakes, and learns to accept them. This novel teaches the reader about perspective on life, and is a great book for those who are interested in the Buddhist religion. This book does not simply tell the principles of Buddhism, like many do, but instead shares the story of how the Buddha came to be. It is an easy read, although, in my opinion, it may not be suitable for young readers (under 14). I would recommend this book to those who are interested in the Buddhist religion, and don't know where to start. ( )
  juliakennon | Mar 5, 2015 |
A thought provoking and inspirational novel. It has been 30+ years since I first (and last) read Siddhartha. I recall now just how influential and interesting it was for me. It is the story of the journey of an individual who is seeking his way. Along his trek he leaves his family, meets the Buddha, departs from a friend, finds (learns and experiences) love, learns "business", meets a true friend and discovers a son. From everyone, he learns and from him everyone is given the opportunity to learn (although not all gain from this opportunity). The book is short and its written very concisely (at least my translation was). Each paragraph has something to say, building on the general theme. This book can be read in a sitting, however I recommend reading a bit and then contemplating, playing it again in your mind. Siddhartha is certainly one of my favorites and I strongly recommend it to everyone. ( )
  MathMaverick | Feb 21, 2015 |
This is one of the best novels ever written. Whenever I am deeply troubled, I re-read this book and find peace. ( )
  VincentDarlage | Jan 30, 2015 |
LibraryThing predicted I would not like this one. The story is set in Nepal during the time of Buddha and tells the story of Siddhartha (achieved what was searched for). Siddhartha is a young privileged Brahmin youth. He spends his life searching. Really is is just a story of life stages; the arrogance of youth, the materialistic pursuits of middle age and the contentment of old age. It reminded me of Ecclesiastes. Hermann Hesse was the son of a missionary who served in India and his family wanted him to go into the ministry. His themes are self discovery and spirituality. ( )
  Kristelh | Jan 28, 2015 |
I loved this book. It literally sings. A lyrical spiritual journey towards self-fulfillment in the traditions of both Hinduism and Buddhism. A journey that perhaps all of us should attempt to make. ( )
  BBcummings | Dec 24, 2014 |
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[It] attempts to postulate an answer to the riddle of man's confused and contradictory existence in this universe.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hesse, HermannAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Appelbaum, StanleyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bernofsky, SusanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binkhuysen, A.M.H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heberlein, AnnPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holmberg, NilsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kohn, Sherab ChödzinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuhn, HeribertContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mila, MassimoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Neugroschel, JoachimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lieber, verehrter Romain Rolland!

Seit dem Herbst des Jahres 1914, da die seit kurzem angebrochene Atemnot der Geistigkeit auch mir plötzlich spürbar wurde, und wir einander von fremden Ufern her die Hand gaben, im Glauben an dieselben übernationalen Notwendigkeiten, seither habe ich den Wunsch gehabt, Ihnen einmal ein Zeichen meiner Liebe und zugleich eine Probe meines Tuns und einen Blick in meine Gedankenwelt zu geben. Nehmen Sie die Widmung des ersten Teiles meiner noch unvollendeten indischen Dichtung freundlichst entgegen von Ihrem

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In the shade of the house, in the sunshine of the riverbank near the boats, in the shade of the Sal-wood forest, in the shade of the fig tree is where Siddhartha grew up, the handsome son of the Brahman, the young falcon, together with his friend Govinda, son of a Brahman.
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En la penumbra y bajo el Sol, al margen del río y cerca a las barcas; a la sombra del bosque de Sauces, creció Siddhartha, el bello hijo del brahmán, el joven halcón, compañero de Govinda, amigo suyo y también hijo de un brahmán.
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Im Schatten des Hauses, in der Sonne des Flußufers bei den Booten, im Schatten des Salwaldes, im Schatten des Feigenbaumes wuchs Sidartha auf, der schöne Sohn des Brahmanen, der junge Falke, zusammen mit Govinda, seinem Freunde, dem Brahmanensohn.
Dal verbo suchen (cercare) i Tedeschi fanno il participio presente, suchend, e lo usano sostantivato, der Suchende (colui che cerca), per designare quegli uomini che non s'accontentano della superficie delle cose, ma d'ogni aspetto della vita vogliono ragionando andare in fondo, e rendersi conto di sé stessi, del mondo, dei rapporti che tra loro e il mondo intercorrono. Questo cercare che è già di per sé un trovare, come disse uno dei più illustri fra questi «cercatori», e precisamente Sant'aAgostino; quel cercare che è in sostanza vivere nello spirito.
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Nell'ombra della casa, sulle rive soleggiate del fiume presso le barche, nell'ombra del bosco di Sal, all'ombra del fico crebbe Siddharta, il bel figlio del Brahmino, il giovane falco, insieme all'amico suo, Govinda, anch'egli figlio di Brahmino.
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Kamaswami: "... And what is it now what you've got to give? What is it that you've learned, what you're able to do?"
Siddhartha: "I can think. I can wait. I can fast."
Kamaswami: "That's everything?"
Siddhartha: "I believe, that's everything!"
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Siddhartha is het verhaal van een brahmanenzoon die zijn leven wijdt aan het zoeken naar het ware zelf. Als asceet in de bergen mediteert en vast hij, maar vindt de waarheid niet. Zwervend als bedelmonnik hoort hij spreken over de Boeddha, maar ook de grote Meester kan hem de waarheid niet geven. Dan stort hij zich in het wereldse leven, wordt minnaar van de courtisane Kamala, verwerft rijkdom en bezit, totdat hij voelt hierin ten onder te zullen gaan; en opnieuw wordt hij bedelaar.

Geleid door het heilige Om komt Siddhartha ten slotte aan de grote rivier, symbool van harmonie en vergankelijkheid. In de hut van de oude veerman leert hij de wereld der dingen lief te hebben en te begrijpen.

'Van een steen kan ik houden, en ook van een boom of een stuk schors. Het zijn tastbare zaken, en van wat tastbaar is kan men houden. Maar van woorden kan ik niet houden. Daarom zie ik niets in een leer.'

Zo is Siddhartha van asceet en bedelmonnik, levensgenieter en rijkaard teruggekeerd tot de eenvoud van een kind: hij heeft de harmonie, het eeuwige Om gevonden.

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) ontving in 1946 de Nobelprijs voor Literatuur. Tot zijn beroemdste romans horen Demian, De steppewolf, Narziss en Goldmund en Het Kralenspel.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553208845, Mass Market Paperback)

In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life -- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.

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In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life-- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.… (more)

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