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Siddhartha - nil.enroll(aetheric_username, quantum_class_id)
yljatlhQo'! QIch lo'laltbebej!
I finished reading it early this morning.

I started back in on it after giving up on sleeping (at around 500).

I picked up the narrative at the point when S is tempted by a beautiful courtesan who offers to teach him the ways of love (and sex) if he cleans up a bit and gets a job in town, and brings her gifts.

Review my last few posts for full ironic effect.

Yeah. Anyway, personal drama aside, the novel is really an amazing thing. It covers a lot of philosophical ground is a thin volume (and also covers the entire adult life of a long-lived and well travelled fellow). It definitely goes on the list of books to reread every so often.

And it contributes to the wanderlust, and it offers explanations and encouragement for the escapism. And it chides the nihilism, as childish.
It gives depth to local memes about monastic things. It encourages conclusions I had already reached, namely "Wisdom is not communicable."

But I do not know the word, the Ohm, and I cannot hear my inner voice, guiding my actions.

I am not Siddhartha, and so this book teases, but holds no answers for me. But read it anyway, as it may show you more than I.
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arya From: arya Date: April 29th, 2003 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)
If you like Siddhartha, I recommend "Musashi" by Yoshikawa Eiji. Much longer read (the translated version is about 1000 pages, I think) detailing a lonely ronin's spiritual journey in a gratuitously fictional and entirely fulfilling manner. :) This is the book which has the great monk, Takuan Soho, pissing over a cliff and exulting "Am I one with universe, or is the universe one with me!!!" One of my all-time favourites, and I try to share my favourite books with friends, but too often my friends don't have similar literary tastes. But maybe you do?
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