Ascetic’s foot

2 07 2016

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

 

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Siddhartha is perhaps the most important and compelling moral allegory our troubled century has produced. Integrating Eastern and Western spiritual traditions with psychoanalysis and philosophy, this strangely simple tale, written with a deep and moving empathy for humanity, has touched the lives of millions since its original publication in 1922. Set in India, Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin’s search for ultimate reality after meeting with the Buddha. His quest takes him from a life of decadence to asceticism, from the illusory joys of sensual love with a beautiful courtesan, and of wealth and fame, to the painful struggles with his son and the ultimate wisdom of renunciation.

Unutterable guff, I’m afraid. I fear I am in a tiny minority here but this just feels to me like pure avoidance of any meaningful engagement with reality. No wonder it is so popular (consistently five star on Amazon).

 

1 star

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