- Jul 30 Fri 2010 22:30
- Jul 28 Wed 2010 20:31
The novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse follows the life of a man who goes on a spiritual journey that begins in his youth and ends in old age. Siddhartha grows up the son of a Brahmin, and he masters all the doctrine and rituals of his Hindu religion at a young age. Even though he practices Om so perfectly, he feels something is missing and not connecting. He leaves home to find true enlightenment – Nirvana – which he feels that the religious leaders of his village cannot teach him. He follows many teachers, including the Samanas, Gautama the Buddha and his lover Kamala, but he is no closer to what he seeks. In the moment of his greatest despair when he attempts to drown himself in the river, Siddhartha is reconnected with Om, but this time he fully comprehends the significance of the holy word. By the end of his long journey, Siddhartha realizes through listening to the river that no one could have ever truly taught him the wisdom of enlightenment; it had to come from within himself.