by Herman Hesse
Siddhartha Theme of Spirituality
In Siddhartha, spirituality is closely linked to wisdom. Those that have achieved enlightenment are also wise. Spirituality is also akin to the Holy Grail in Siddhartha because it’s very, very hard to attain. One cannot become spiritual by simply studying many books, but instead must have a personal revelation understood by the entire spirit (hence "spirituality").
Questions About Spirituality
- What are the different paths to spirituality in Siddhartha? Do any two people follow the same path?
- Why does everyone want spiritual enlightenment anyway?
- Are the ascetics spiritual? Is Kamala? Kamaswami? Who is included and who is excluded from spirituality?
Chew on This
While it is not the path Siddhartha chooses, it is possible for an ascetic to attain enlightenment.