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Siddartha ( Classic Series) by Hermann Hesse
     

Siddartha ( Classic Series) by Hermann Hesse

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by Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
 
The story begins as Siddhartha, the son of a Brahmin, leaves his home to join the ascetics with his companion Govinda. The two set out in the search of enlightenment.

Siddhartha goes from asceticism, to a very worldly life as a trader with a lover, and back to asceticism as he attempts to achieve this goal.

The story takes place in ancient India

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The story begins as Siddhartha, the son of a Brahmin, leaves his home to join the ascetics with his companion Govinda. The two set out in the search of enlightenment.

Siddhartha goes from asceticism, to a very worldly life as a trader with a lover, and back to asceticism as he attempts to achieve this goal.

The story takes place in ancient India around the time of Gotama Buddha (likely between the fourth and seventh centuries BCE[3]).

Experience is the aggregate of conscious events experienced by a human in life – it connotes participation, learning and knowledge. Understanding is comprehension and internalization. In Hesse's novel Siddhartha, experience is shown as the best way to approach understanding of reality and attain enlightenment – Hesse's crafting of Siddhartha's journey shows that understanding is attained not through scholastic, mind-dependent methods, nor through immersing oneself in the carnal pleasures of the world and the accompanying pain of samsara; however, it is the totality of these experiences that allow Siddhartha to attain understanding.

Thus, the individual events are meaningless when considered by themselves--Siddhartha's stay with the samanas and his immersion in the worlds of love and business do not lead to nirvana, yet they cannot be considered distractions, for every action and event that is undertaken and happens to Siddhartha helps him to achieve understanding. The sum of these events is thus experience

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012588876
Publisher:
Granto Classic Books
Publication date:
05/25/2011
Series:
Siddartha , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
142,242
File size:
125 KB

Meet the Author

Hermann Hesse (German pronunciation: ['h???man 'h?s?]) (July 2, 1877 – August 9, 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.

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Siddartha ( Classic Series) by Hermann Hesse 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
pawnosh More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that shows how many roads Siddhartha took from being a spoiled Prince to becoming an ascetic, a business man with a lover before attaining enlightenment & becoming The Buddha.  It's a book that taught me in the 1970 to try not to judge anyone's journey as long as they are not hurting themselves or anyone else. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago