| Quote #13
Differently than before, he now looked upon people, less smart, less proud, but instead warmer, more curious, more involved. When he ferried travelers of the ordinary kind, childlike people, businessmen, warriors, women, these people did not seem alien to him as they used to: he understood them, he understood and shared their life, which was not guided by thoughts and insight, but solely by urges and wishes, he felt like them. Though he was near perfection and was bearing his final wound, it still seemed to him as if those childlike people were his brothers, their vanities, desires for possession, and ridiculous aspects were no longer ridiculous to him, became understandable, became lovable, even became worthy of veneration to him. (11.2)
On the brink of attaining enlightenment, Siddhartha feels a closer connection to ordinary humans.
| Quote #14
Slowly blossomed, slowly ripened in Siddhartha the realization, the knowledge, what wisdom actually was, what the goal of his long search was. It was nothing but a readiness of the soul, an ability, a secret art, to think every moment, while living his life, the thought of oneness, to be able to feel and inhale the oneness. Slowly this blossomed in him, was shining back at him from Vasudeva's old, childlike face: harmony, knowledge of the eternal perfection of the world, smiling, oneness. (11.3)
The sense of oneness must be completely internalized within the body so that one cannot have a single thought that is unaware of life’s unity – here in this passage, Siddhartha finally attains this internalization.
| Quote #15
"You've heard it laugh," he said. "But you haven't heard everything. Let's listen, you'll hear more."
Listening is a key component of spirituality.