Siddhartha-An Indian Tale

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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 and, 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 the son of a Brahmin, Siddhartha was blessed in appearance, intelligence, and charisma. In order to find meaning in life, he discarded his promising future for the life of a wandering ascetic. Still, true ...
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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 and, 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 the son of a Brahmin, Siddhartha was blessed in appearance, intelligence, and 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 and titillation merely eroded away his spiritual gains until he was just like all the other "child people," dragged around by his desires. Like Hermann Hesse's other creations of struggling young men, Siddhartha has a good dose of European angst and stubborn individualism. His final epiphany challenges both the Buddhist and the Hindu ideals of enlightenment. Neither a practitioner nor a devotee, neither meditating nor reciting, Siddhartha comes to blend in with the world, resonating with the rhythms of nature, bending the reader's ear down to hear answers from the river.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452826639
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/22/2002
  • Pages: 86
  • Sales rank: 876,341
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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Hermann Hesse ( 1877-1962) was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi), each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. Following the death of Hesse in 1962, his novels saw a revival in popularity due to their association with some of the popular themes of the 1960s counterculture (or hippie) movement. In particular the quest-for-enlightenment theme of Siddhartha, Journey to the East, and Narcissus and Goldmund resonated with counter-cultural ideals. The "magic theatre" sequences in Steppenwolf were interpreted by some as drug-induced psychedelia. These and other Hesse novels were republished in paperback editions and were widely read by university students and young people in the United States and elsewhere. Hesse's Siddhartha is one of the most popular Western novels set in India. An authorized translation of Siddhartha was published in the Malayalam language in 1990, the language that surrounded Hesse's grandfather, Hermann Gundert, for most of his life. A Hermann Hesse Society of India has also been formed. It aims to bring out authentic translations of Siddhartha in all Indian languages. It has already prepared the Sanskrit translation of Siddhartha.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2011

    AP World History: Siddhartha's path to self-discovery.

    Siddhartha is a novel by Herman Hess, a 1946 Nobel Prize Winner. The novel is about an Indian man that was born a Brahmin's son . He is not content at being the perfect Brahmin and decides to live with the Semana's. After years of living this way his inner voice speaks to him again. He is not happy at being a disciple and he knew he had to experience life. He leaves the Semana's and becomes a wealthy merchant. He also learned the way of love from a beautiful courtesan named Kamala. Years later, his inner voice spoke to him yet again. He realized that he was no longer happy with his life. He found himself living life wrong and becoming greedy. He learned to subtract the element of time in his life from a ferryman. His son that he didn't know existed later crossed his path when. His son was told to live with him while she lay on her death bed He loved is son like no other, but his son couldn't return his feelings and left him. This made Siddhartha become sad. However, the Om he learned from the nearby river helped him. At the end of the story an old friend crossed his path and he explained some knowledge he has learned about life to him. I enjoyed this story because it gave me a better look at the culture and religion of Ancient India Siddhartha was a truly likable story that managed to help me learn and enjoy the topic in the process. It was extremely easy to get lost in the words of this book. I recommend Siddhartha to anyone that either likes this topic in history or even anyone that had a hard tome understanding the time of the spread of world religions. It should help you understand your confusion just as it helped me.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    Highly Recommended!

    This book was a thought-provoking and emotional journey. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I will definitely read it again. It has layers upon layers of intellectual and spiritual depth.

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