MY BEST BOOK OF 2017 In life we all look or meaning we all look Right Turns: From Liberal Activist to Conservative Champion in 35 Unconventional Lessons for something to give us a purpose and in essence a reason to actually be alive Nobody wants to get to the end of their journey and realise it was allor nothing and that their days were utterly wasted So how do we Politically Incorrect find this meaning One mustind the source within one s own Self one must possess it Everything else was seeking a detour an error We must Beyond Varallan find our own peace Siddharthaollowed the teachings of others and it granted him very little happiness He meets Buddha or a Buddha and he realises that the only way he can achieve the same degree of serenity is to ind it himself The words of the man as wise as they may be are just air they are not experience they are not one s own wisdom granted through trial So he takes his own path albeit an indirect one and inally awakens his mind into a sense of enlightenment But in order to do so he must irst realise the true state of emptiness And of course to understand emptiness one must irst experience temporary Dona Flor fullness thus he walks into the world of the everyday man He indulges in their pleasure gains possessions and takes a lover Heorms attachments and begets a household of servants and wealth Through experiencimg such things he learns that they are shallow and transitory they will never create the Rocker Babies Wear Jeans feeling of lasting happiness within his soul so he walks out once with theull realisation that peace can only come rom one place himself I have had to experience so much stupidity so many vices so much error so much nausea disillusionment and sorrow just in order to become a child again and begin anew I had to experience despair I had to sink to the greatest mental depths to thoughts of suicide in order to experience grace He experiences oneness with his own thoughts with everyone else and anything that resides in nature he becomes enlightened though only through returning rom the darkest of times Suffering exists suffering will always exist and it is how we deal with this suffering that defines us it is how we pick ourselves up afterwards not letting it ruin our lives and those around us that makes us stronger In this Hesse capture something extremely difficult to put into words which is something the novel reuently recognises How does one accurately define these vague concepts of belief He doesn t So we rely on allegories to teach us these ideals to make us understand that happiness is not euitable with materialism and to make us realise that seeking something too ardently may mean we miss it altogether Seeking the meaning of life is not the answer living life the life of peace and compassion is Siddhartha ollows the vibrations of his soul the sound of the river and it takes him exactly where he needs to go As a student of Buddhism as a struggling practitioner I ound this book extremely helpful It cuts through all the rhetoric the arguments and debates and gets to the very heart of the matter itself This is a book I will carry with me through life this is a book that has so much
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at the time I thought this guy has written a book Heroes Adrift (Hero, for western audience who are notamiliar with philosophy of karma and dharma or rather in general the basic philosophy of India who after reading it will realize something esoteric And so it seemed to me a book containing wisdom that didn t touched me And I Chuck and Danielle finished it with the verdict contains wisdom but lacks depth boring at times and do not grabs your heart and is not extra ordinary in any way But over the years I ve come to understand that it is this ordinary ness that which makes this work exceptional It is the story of common man just like you and me who goes through the struggles of life He is a man who have the ualities that we all common man possess such as ambition greed possessiveness lust lying and etc And it was one day when I was pondering over the book I came to know that it was Hermann Hesse s own life that inspired him to write Siddhartha And it became clear to me why he has written the way it is written Then it dawned on me that it was all realistic happenings that the book pointed and not something esoteric Even the character Siddhartha as I came to realize was asragile and incomplete imperfect as me or any common man Now I understand after many years that Hesse has written Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old from the point of view of a common man not a protege like Buddha or Adi Shankaracharya And it is in this light of the struggle of a lay man that this book comes in all its glory I mean in terms of wisdom and not in terms of reading pleasure And as the time is passing by I m getting deeper and deeper into this book and understanding it betterHighly Recommended Has it ever happened to you that you are standingacing a magnificent breathtaking view in solitude and a strong wind hits you in the Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs face You try to stay still with eyes closed and then an involuntary smile comes across yourace This book was like that My apologies if this review reeks of GUSHness However it gave me that ONE OF A kind reading experience that doesn t come along reading experience that doesn t come along and so I think it is certainly worthy of the praise I shall heep upon it Beautifully written and a deeply personal story Hesse has created the ultimate expression of the journey of self discovery The book details the story of Siddhartha the young and brilliant son of a Brahmin in ancient India The Brahmin are the uber revered caste comprised of poets priests teachers and scholars uick Side Note How refreshing is it that their most revered group. Herman Hesse's classic novel has delighted inspired and influenced generations of readers writers and thinkers In this story of a wea. .
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A based on the Anatman non soul but the person who achieves it according to all sources is caught up in profound rapture To reach this stage one has to tread an arduous path Carl Gustav Jung called the process individuation Joseph Campbell called it the hero s journey Herman Hesse s eponymous protagonist of Siddhartha is a man who embarks on this enterpriseSiddhartha the handsome Brahmin youth who apparently has everything is dissatisfied with life with the whole pointlessness of it He leaves home with his riend Govinda and joins a group of ascetics the Samanas who have made renunciation a way of life However the true seeker he is Siddhartha inds that simple renunciation does not work or him he joins the Buddha in pursuit of enlightenment However he soon understands that whatever knowledge he must possess must be experiential Leaving Govinda to become a Buddhist ascetic Siddhartha buries himself in the sensual world across the river where Kamala the courtesan trains him up in the pleasures of the lesh and Kamaswami the merchant instructs him in the secrets of commerce Siddhartha soon tires of these too he returns to the river in penury not knowing that his child is growing within Kamala and is taken up by the aged boatman Vasudeva as a helperHere errying people across the river Siddhartha Liar finally attains enlightenment notrom a great teacher not Noir from years of penanace and not evenrom the kindly Vasudeva even though he points the way but Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are from the river Kamala s death and his son s abandonment of the strangerather completes his education as distress turns to peace Then it s time Gaffer for Vasudeva the mentor to disappear leaving his student alone with the river What the river told Siddhartha The riverlows and becomes one with the ocean The vapour Circumstantial Evidence from the oceanorm into clouds and descend on the mountains becoming the river The river keeps on Lone Star Justice: The First 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said it was his Summer Meditations favorite book that we d read soar And that it made him want to uit school and start living I guess that s praise or the bookThe book is divided pretty neatly into thirds and that s how we broke it up as a class The irst third is the main character who is a contemporary of Siddhartha Gotama the Buddha as a youth he is smart and talented and loved by all He s a prodigy in all things intellectual and religious but he s not satisfied he s not happy So he ends up pursuing a spiritual path through extreme self deprivation This part is easy enough or my students as they re young themselves and part of Siddhartha s growing up is leaving home and striking out on his own path They re really I hope in much the same circumstance starting to *Find A Path For Themselves That May Be Independent From *a path or themselves that may be independent On the Right Side of a Dream from parentsThe second portion of the novel is harder Siddhartha gives up his ascetic way of 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come rom wealthy backgrounds so maybe they have irst hand experience sort of in the ways that wealth isn t really satisfying Or maybe they ve just heard that over and over in our culture that money doesn t buy happiness Anyway they seemed to like it well enoughThe third section was almost certainly a harder sell It was hard What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World for me to sell myself on it But Siddhartha leaves his life of luxury nearly commits suicide over his unhappiness and ends up becoming a simple or not so simpleerryman on a river This section is I Got a New Friend farull of or less eastern a touch of curry it s eastern The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War flavored with strong hints of Nietzsche as well thought and spirituality It s tougher to really understand or get into though the essence isn t that hard you have to experience thingsor yourself and real wisdom can be the result of this experience but it s not 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Is not made up of morally uestionable athletes morally suspect celebrities and morally bankrupt politiciansI m just saying At the beginning of the story despite having absorbed all of the teachings of his ather and ollowed all of the religious rites and rituals of his caste Siddhartha is not content He knows deep inside that there is something missing and decides to leave his ather and his uture and seek enlightenment He sets out along with his life long Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band friend toind life s meaning A decision that makes Siddhartha s The Meaning of Star Trek father less than a happy camper Thus begins one of the truly exceptional stories in modern literature Siddhartha s journey takes himrom the elite of his people1 First to a group of ascetics who shun personal possessions and view the physical world as the source of all pain 2 Next to a beautiful courtesan who teaches Siddhartha the mysterious of physical love to a world 3 Third to a wealthy trader who teaches Siddhartha about profit trade and worldly pleasures 4 Then to a life of hedonistic excess in which Siddhartha eats drinks gambles and indulges in numerous sexual conuests in a very SinCityesue way 5 Finally back to an ascetic life but one that embraces the world and everything in it as special and uniue Throughout the various stages of his journey Siddhartha Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt finds something of value in everyone he interacts with and each stage brings him closer to his ultimate goal Through elegant and deeply evocative writing Hesse demonstrates through Siddhartha s journey theundamental value of each and every person on Earth Everyone has something special to contribute to the universe Siddhartha s inal realization of his goal of inding enlightenment is simply amazing and one that I can not recommend strongly that everyone readI m a US citizen of Irish heritage living in Las Vegas I was raised Roman Catholic and spent most of my undergraduate and graduate academic life learning about western philosophy history and literature I mention the only because I was completely Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World floored that I could identify so intensely with Siddhartha s story despite a background that was asar rom embracing an eastern viewpoint as you could possibly get I think its ability to completely suck me in demonstrates not only the brilliance and beauty of Hesse s prose but also the universal nature of the story and its ability to transcend all barriers to understanding It is an amazing read but also a deeply personal one and I think that everyone will get something different out of reading it Hopefully it is something very very positive 50 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION If I could turn back timeor perhaps pass through some portal which brings me ace to Dump Truck Trouble/Lets Build a Doghouse! face with my 14 year old self there are so many books I would recommend to little me grabbing my shoulders to shake my malnourishe By the latter part of the 19th Century the colonial spread of European powers across the world was inull swing The British ruled India and Australia and had gone to War With China To Force with China to Sometime After Midnight force on the population Africa South America and the Philippines had been portioned outor Western rule and control of resourcesBut tyranny does not travel only
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