Siddhartha

by: Hermann Hesse

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Book Summary:

I saw this book title on a few lists of books that everyone should read. I had no idea what it was about.

But I am very glad that I read this book.

The story of Siddartha is about a young man who leaves his family for a simple (very strong stoic themes) life.

He becomes bored with this life after meeting Buddha and realizing he will never have the same wisdom as him until he lives his life and finds his true Self.

He trades in religion for a life of sin. By becoming wealthy, sleeping with women, and gambling away his fortune Siddartha comes to understand what it is like to live like everyone else.

He grows weary of this lifestyle and contemplates suicide by a river one day.

He hears a unique sound in the river and it changes his life.

The ultimate goal of Siddarth’s life is achieved peace and wisdom. You will have to read this book to find out if he completes his quest.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a short story that makes them reflect.

Biggest Takeaway:

Life is transitory, what got you here, won’t always get you there. Be comfortable changing your beliefs and surroundings.

You cannot speak wisdom into someone’s life. They need to live life in order to become wise. Instead, you can speak knowledge about the wisdom you have achieved.

Don’t blindly follow people who claim to have answers to life. You must go within yourself to find these answers.

Fasting, patience, and prayer were Siddartha’s greatest strengths. He devoted his life to these exercises. What are your greatest strengths?

Unity of life. Everything connects and flows together. The past and the future meet at the present. Realize that destiny cannot be control and be present in the moment and listen to what nature is telling you.

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