Thoughts on: “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse

I’ll do this one in “verse”:

🖌 Siddharthas father was a learned man//

for religious rites was all he cared//

Siddhartha followed his fathers footsteps, but was not content//

He wanted more than dogma and finally off he went//

Into the forest and joined the ascetics //

who liked to fast and thought possessions where pathetic//

One day he met the Buddha and came to understand//

Some things can’t be taught but have to be experienced first hand//


🖌 He went from the woods to a town and met a lady of the night//

Who introduced him to the pleasures of the flesh and its delights//

A merchant wanted to partner with Siddhartha to earn some gold//

Capitalism is the only proper way through life, at least that’s what I’ve been told!//


🖌 Siddhartha had a good ol time with money, hoes and drink//

But creating these attachments only made him think.//

This is all so shallow, so transitory, and only from within//

Can lasting happiness be found and off he goes again//


🖌 Back to the forest from which he came. This time he met a ferry man//

He told Siddhartha to listen to the river the best he can//

To what it had to say – with its waves, currents and foam//

The river taught them both a lot with its ringing sound of “Om”//


Hehe, loved the book! It’s up there with my all time favorites! Such good writing, everything is so clear and concisely put. And the classic story of self-discovery that we all can relate to has never been told so elegantly.


I end this post with a quote from GARYs Goodreads review of this book which I thought was spot on:


⭐️ “This book is scripture posing as literature and is best read after getting what you thought you wanted.”



“Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse

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