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Language: English | Genre: Philosophical Drama | Published: 1922 | Pages: 160 | Difficulty: 6/10 | Format: ePub, .mobi, PDF
“Siddhartha“ by Hermann Hesse
Siddhartha is the handsome son of a respected Brahman in ancient India. He strictly follows the religion and its traditions in order to achieve harmony and peace. He appears to be enjoying a happy life with his best friend Govinda, but deep inside he feels dissatisfaction.
One day a religious group of people called Samanas, pass through their village. They are almost naked and starved. They believe that true enlightenment comes only through rejecting the temptations of the physical word. Siddhartha is intrigued by this teaching, which differs so much from what he’s been taught. So he believes that Samas can show him the way to what he so desires. Despite his father’s objections, he decides to leave together with Govinda.
The discipline and patience of the two friends help them to quickly adapt to the new ascetic way of life. They achieve a lot but are still far from what they were hoping to find. While they wander with the Samans, they hear about a man known as Gotama the Buddha, who has managed to achieve the state of Nirvana. They believe it’s for the best to leave and seek him out as part of their journey to enlightenment.
They soon find the camp of Gotama and are welcomed in. They are taught the main aspects of Buddism and are pleased with the wisdom that is brought to them. Govinda soon is ready to dedicate himself to the ways of Gotama. Siddhartha however, finds a contradiction in his teachings, which pushes him away. Disappointed in the religions, he leaves it all behind looking for a new meaning to his life.
He decides to embrace what he was rejecting for a such a long time. He finds a beautiful wife and becomes a successful trader. Soon it all becomes a game of money, gambling and sex. Eventually, this whirl of temporal joys and pleasures pushes him away once more, to finally find what he was looking in the eyes of a simple and peaceful man.