Siddhartha is an allegorical novel written by the Nobel Laureate, Hermann Hesse. It deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian boy called Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. Summary of the Book This title was originally written in German, in a simple, yet powerful and lyrical style. It was first published in the year 1922 after Hesse had spent some time in India in the 1910s. The story revolves around a young Indian man who leaves his home and family in search for meaning and truth. The spiritual quest takes him from the austerities of renunciation to the profligacy of prosperity. It makes him experience a wide range of human experiences - from hunger and want to passion, pleasure, pain, greed, yearning, boredom, love, despair and hope. The journey ultimately leads him to the river, where he gains peace and eventually wisdom. About Hermann Hesse Hermann Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet and author, best known for writing the novels Steppenwolf, Siddhartha (the current title), and The Glass Bead Game. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. His themes focus on man's struggle to break away from the rigid structures of civilisation and follow his essential and inner spirit. For this, Hesse became a literary cult figure.
Based in the time of Gautama Buddha in India, this novel details a man’s journey to spiritual and mental enlightenment. Siddhartha, joined by his friend Govinda, leaves behind his home and family to embark upon his quest for spiritual illumination as an ascetic wandering beggar of the Shramanas.
The two friends renounce all worldly assets and meditate intensely. But eventually both friends part ways when Govinda joins the Buddhist order and Siddhartha continues his quest alone. On his journey for salvation, Siddhartha soon finds himself trapped in a range of human emotions, from hunger to greed, passion to pleasure, despair, boredom, love and hope.
His life eventually circles him back to a river he had crossed as a young ascetic, where he eventually attains enlightenment. The story celebrates nature’s self-sustaining cycle and presses people to simply accept and love the world in its entirety.
Penned in a poetic yet powerful way by the Nobel Laureate Hermann Hesse in 1922, the book was originally written in German and then published in U.S. in 1951. It is considered as one of his most influential books on spirituality and wisdom.About the author:
Hermann Hesse: An Ex-speaker at IIMs and IITs, he had conducted various highly interactive events and seminars on 'How to Lead with a Story' and 'The Art of Storytelling' in colleges across India. He has a strong belief that, writing and storytelling, if understood properly, can act as a very powerful tool for budding engineers, managers and entrepreneurs of India.
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