Friday, March 25, 2011

Siddhartha

"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 start anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace."

- SIDDHARTHA. HERMAN HESSE

Siddhartha is one of my favourite books. It is not about the Buddha, as some people who haven't really read it might think. The story is parallel to it but it is really about a guy who took a different decadent path but came back to the same place. Basically it's about finding your own way and learning through your own pain in order to become wiser. At the end of the day attaining peace and freedom is all we want. And the only freedom in life is freedom from desire.