Hermann Hesse wrote the book Siddhartha in 1922 but the spiritual lessons that the book shares are more relevant than ever. Siddhartha is my entry for Day 5 (Favorite fiction) of the 30-day book photography challenge. This was one of those books I’d been meaning to read but didn’t get around to until last year. I’d somehow gotten the impression that it was the story of the Buddha who was also called Siddhartha when he was younger but on reading, realized this was another Siddhartha (who encounters the Buddha) who sets out to seek enlightenment. Siddhartha wants to find inner peace and he tries different paths on his journey of self-realization: the path of religion and rituals, path of self-denial, and of living a hedonistic, material lifestyle before finally realizing that none of them have gotten him any closer to finding the enlightenment he seeks. He returns to a river that he’d crossed years ago and the ferryman who takes people across it everyday. It is through the ferryman that Siddhartha finally finds what he is looking for. I enjoyed reading this book and there are some amazing words that are worth mulling over again and again. The first one is my absolute favorite because it is a reminder that many times we can get fixated on what’s missing and in the process lose sight of what is already here.
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