Siddhartha

“Meaning and reality were not hidden somewhere behind things, they were in them, in all of them.”

“He had heard a voice, a voice in his own heart which commanded him to seek rest under this tree, and he had not taken recourse to mortification of the flesh, sacrifices, bathings or prayers, eating or drinking, sleeping or dreaming; he had listened to the voice. To obey no other external command, only the voice, to be prepared – that was good, that was necessary. Nothing else was necessary.”

“One can beg, buy, be presented with and find love in the streets, but it can never be stolen.”

“Most people, Kamala, are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path.”

“Everything that was not suffered to the end and finally concluded, recurred, and the same sorrows were undergone.”

“What could I say to you that would be of value, except that perhaps you seek too much, that as a result of your seeking you cannot find.”

“When someone is seeking […] it happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal.”

“Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish.”

“The world itself, being in and around us, is never one-sided.”

“Time is not real, Govinda. I have realized this repeatedly. And if time is not real, then the dividing line that seems to lie between this world and eternity, between suffering and bliss, between good and evil, is also an illusion.”

“The world, Govinda, is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a long path to perfection. No, it is perfect at every moment; every sin already carries grace within it, all small children are potential old men, all sucklings have death within them, all dying people – eternal life.”

“Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.”

Hermann Hesse

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