ISBN10: 1530871972 ISBN13: 9781530871971 Contributors: Hesse, Hermann Publisher: Createspace Indie Pub Platform Published: Apr 3 2016 Pages: 140 Weight: 0.59lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 6.00" Depth: 0.32" Language: English
In Hesse's novel, experience, the totality of conscious events of a human life, is shown as the best way to approach understanding of reality and attain enlightenment - Hesse's crafting of Siddhartha's journey shows that understanding is attained not through intellectual methods, nor through immersing oneself in the carnal pleasures of the world and the accompanying pain of samsara. It is the completeness of these experiences that allows Siddhartha to attain understanding. Thus, the individual events are meaningless when considered by themselves-Siddhartha's stay with the Shramanas and his immersion in the worlds of love and business do not lead to nirvana, yet they cannot be considered distractions, for every action and event gives Siddhartha experience, which leads to understanding.