This is an article that i wrote for my blog a couple months ago, i thought i would share with you guys. Also, if anyone know any book similar to Siddhartha to share! I would appreciate it.
For those of you guys that never read Siddhartha i highly recommend it. For those who already read it, give some of your opinion on it!
Today on further reading of the book "Siddhartha" read an excerpt that was quite illuminating.
"What the Buddha had said, that the treasure and secret was not his doctrine, but something inexpressible and not transferable he had lived at the time of his enlightenment - it was just what he was now trying to find what he now began to live. It was necessary that he himself was living it. There is much that Atman knew I was his own, sharing the eternal essence of Brahman. But never had I actually discovered this because wanted to catch it with the network of thought. "
Most of the time we try to reach conclusions only through our thought, a sort of shortcut.
These conclusions are made by a person and they tend to give us advice to save us time,because they think that we will eventually find that is how they say it is. Giving due consideration to the advice, is in some cases is necessary to pass through the experience to know that, in fact, was true, or, conversely, was not so well, as they said. The experience is a must, otherwise, nothing is learned or, what is learned is superficially.
Turning to more practical examples:
Education - I do not know if everyone can recognize in this example, but it happens to me quite a few times when I just make a class (mathematics, biology, etc. ..) it seems everything simpler. At least simpler than we thought. However if we had been told / given the conclusions,that we ended up arriving by ourselfs, would mean nothing to us because we would not have traveled the way to them. The knowledge would be only superficial, later or sooner, would disappear.
Travel / Book - If some friends show us the photos of a site for which they were traveling we were not satisfied with it, ie, it is not like we're been there, even though the pictures of the best moments of the trip. In this case it is obvious that a mere photographs do not replace the experience of being there. Never come to feel, smell or hear what this place offers. Nor do we know in which circumstances were taken or how they connect the photographs. We can say that we do not live or experience what happened, or nothing will replace a trip to the site in question. However when it comes to a book that is not so. When asked how the story ended or what the most emotional moments, try to somehow withdraw quickly that the book can give us if we read. This is no good because it does not pass through the experience of reading it. An even more specific in terms of literature that is a story with facts inserted in it, will be much better absorbed and internalized than the book with just the facts summarized and explained. In the case of the tale have a character on an adventure, which does not appear in the book factual.
Problems - If a girl does not care that her ex-boyfriend is dating with other girls because she already had the experience that brought her to this conclusion. She knows the reasons why it believes it. As if you were told previously that it made no sense to be sad, because she did not know who to support such a belief. We can say that there is a need to have a 'click'.
Fighting - When we fight for something, we go through experiences, is more valuable to us, because it involved a journey through time to achieve this.
When I speak of experience speak for all that it brings, is, happiness, sadness, joy, nostalgia, hatred, love, etc ... Two phrases that now make more sense for me are: "Anything worth having is worth fighting for ..." and "Focus on the journey, not the destination". However it is important to remember that it was not read by many times the phrase that started in time to make sense. But by going through different experiences to give the click.
I read it a while back and enjoyed it. I too don't know any other book quite like it. For a lot of people in the West,specially in Continental Europe, Siddhartha is the book that peaks their interest in the Buddha and Buddhism. And from there they delve into Buddhist meditation techniques, Buddhist philosophy, etc. to deepen their understanding of what they got a glimpse of in this book, and a couple of monks I know even became monks from having started with this book.
For those who know me... well, even for people don't, it will come as no surprise when I say that I'm not a very humble person. I'm awesome, I'm aware of it, and I have no qualms making others aware of it. I pride myself on being self sufficient, and am generally of the opinion that if left on a deserted island I would not only survive, but flourish and create a civilization greater than the one we know now.
Anyone who was hoping I would some day be put in my place will probably really enjoy this post.
My mother and I had a bit of a tenuous relationship while I was in school. I would assure her that I was doing my homework, studying, and receiving good grades. My report cards would assure her otherwise, and usually she took their word over mine. We got along well, but the massive arguments spawned from school related issues cast a cloud over our relationship. Guess which parent accounts for my stubbornness and penchant for arguing.
My world is full of personal achievements, laundry lists of "life experiences" on a resume, competition, self-criticism, self-improvement, social media profiles, and other validations of this sense of "self." Look at my blog title. Personally, I actually do not think I am more self-centered than those around me, but I have recently been identifying this quality as something bread in all of us by our culture.
In the book Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, the main character spends his life seeking enlightenment through many different lifestyle changes. In the first part, Siddhartha becomes practices self-denial in the hopes of ridding himself of the "self" that is containing him. Reading this, I couldn't grasp it at first. I would consider someone who has already committed to a life of solely meditating and fasting to be pretty free of a burdensome self. However, the more conscious he was of himself and his efforts, the more he was failing and becoming more self-obsessive.
Eventuallly, Siddhartha moves away from self-denial into self-indulgence. He doesn't find peace and enlightenment until he has moved away from both of these sentiments, into a simple communion with the natural world. I found it interesting that life was most meaningful for him when he wasn't trying to reach for an ideal for himself, but rather when he truly forgot himself and was immersed in the present moment.
If Siddhartha had a problem with his ego, imagine the mounting ego of a modern teenager. We are constantly taking in a feeding out cues about our own identities, or at least the superficial marks of them- our grades in school, the number of followers we have online, the material possessions we own. Oftentimes when we post on social media, we can say we are capturing a moment, but its really not for the moment's sake- rather for the sake of it popping up on someone else's screen. Sometimes when we ask a question, we just want to be asked the same thing in return to be able to give our two cents.