Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Do you ever wonder why we’re here and what is meant for us?  I’m sure that, like me, many of you have had several careers, or have had other large changes in your life such as marriage, raising kids, going back to school, divorce, starting over, dealing with aging parents or the death of loved ones.  Here’s a story about someone else searching to find his true path in life.

In this novel a young man named Siddhartha is in line to be the next ruler of his noble family, and eventually the kingdom.  But he leaves this all behind for an ascetic and contemplative life.  Then, restless, he discards it for one indulging in all the senses of the flesh.  He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again.  Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound.  This sound signals the true beginning of life —the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace and, finally, wisdom.

This is one of my favorite novels of all time.  I first read it the summer I turned 18 just after high school and before going away to college.  It was a gift from a friend and mentor, and this novel taught me that there is a path for everyone, and that not everyone’s path through life is supposed to be the same.  It’s a modern classic that is still read widely and if you haven’t discovered it yet, you should.  Or, if, like me, you read it years ago, maybe it’s time to pick it up again and see what it has to say to you now.

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If you like this book, you may also enjoy The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, Buddha: a Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra or the other novels of Herman Hesse.

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