“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
Life of a Brahmin boy is an uncomplicated one. Siddhartha lives with his family, performing all the rituals that a brahmin is expected to adapt at a young age. Besides, he being a fast learner, a good looking and cultured boy is praised and adored by everyone.
Despite of the love and charisma that he possesses, Siddhartha is unable to find meaning in his life and everything around him. He just doesn’t feel good about himself and puzzled as he remains, decides to leave his home in search of a purpose.
This pursuit of meaning will answer many of his questions making him experience every phase of life as a different human being, which according to Hermann Hesse can not be explained through teaching. Along his journey he will encounter a highly enlightened monk known as, Buddha, moving words of whom will ensure their place in Siddhartha’s life forever.
As you can make out, it is a highly spiritual novel. It’s beginning is pretty engrossing but becomes slow from the middle. The concepts of Buddha and those found by Siddhartha in his search may feel overwhelming, but apart from that it is a small and interesting novel specially for those who love to explore more about spirituality!