Thursday, November 04, 2004

Some thoughts from "Siddhartha - By Hermann Hesse"...

"Om is the bow, the arrow is the soul
Brahman (kind of merging with God) is the goal
At which one aims unflinchingly"

"He whose reflective pure spirit sinks into atman (Soul)
Knows bless inexpressible through words - Upanishads (Indian Religious texts)"

"Through thought alone feelings become knowledge and are not lost, but become real and begin to mature"

"When some one seeking," said Siddhartha, " it happens quite easily that he only sees the things that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of thing that he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have a goal. You, O worthy one, are perhaps indeed a seeker, for in striving towards your goal, you do not see many things that are under your nose."

"Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one can not communicate it."

"Everything that is thought and expressed in words is one sided, only half truth; it all lacks totality, completeness, unity. When the illustrious Buddha taught about the world, he had to divide it into Samsara and Nirvana, into illusion and truth, into suffering and salvation. One can not do otherwise; there is no other method for those who teach. But the world itself, being in and around us, is never one sided. Never is a man wholly a saint or a sinner. This only seems so because we suffer the illusion that time is some thing real. Time is not real, Govinda. I have realised this repeatedly. And if time is not real then the dividing line that seems to lie between this world and eternity, between suffering and bliss, between good and evil is also an illusion."

"It seems to me, Govinda, that love is the most important thing in the world. It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love admiration and respect."

Om Namah Shivayah


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