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Siddhartha Quotations

Defining Wisdom:

"Within Siddhartha there slowly grew and ripened the knowledge of what wisdom really was and the goal of his long seeking. It was nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling, and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life."

"There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge-that is everywhere, that is Atman, that is in me and you and in every creature, and I am beginning to believe that this knowledge has no worse enemy than the man of knowledge, then learning."

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


Seeking v. Finding:

"When someone is seeking. . . it happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obssessed with his goal. Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal."

"One must find the source within one's ownself, one must possess it. Everything else was seeking-a detour, error."


Conversations with Kamala:

Sanctuary "You are like me; you are different from other people. You are Kamala and no one else, and within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself, just as I can. Few people have that capacity and yet everyone could have it."

Inward Path "Most people, Kamala, are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ground. But a few others are like stars which travel one defined path: no wind reaches them, they have within themselves their guide and path."


Lessons from the River

"The river knows everything; one can learn everything from it. You have already learned from the river that it is good to strive downwards, to sink, to seek the depths." -Vasudeva to Siddhartha

". . .[Siddhartha] learned from [the river] how to listen, to listen with a still heart, with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions."

". . . the present only exists for [the river], not the shadow of the past, not the shadow of the future . . . Nothing was, nothing will be, everything has reality and presence."

". . . the river has many voices . . . the voices of all living creatures are in its voice."


Moment of Enlightment

"When Siddhartha listened attentively to this river, to the song of a thousand voices; when he did not listen to the sorrow or laughter, when he did not bind his soul to any one particular voice and absorb it in his Self, but heard them all, the whole, the unity; then the great song of a thousand voices consisted of on word:Om-perfection."

"From that hour Siddhartha ceased to fight against his destiny. There shone in his face the serenity of knowledge, of one who is no longer confronted with conflict of desires, who has found salvation, who is in harmony with the stream of events, with the stream of life, full of sympathy and compassion, surrendering himself to the stream, belonging to the unity of all things."


Conversation with Govinda

" . . .the potential Buddha already exists in the sinner; his future is already there. The potential Buddha must be recognized in him, in you, in everybody."

Parable of the Stones". . .each one is different and worships Om in its way; Each one is Brahman."

"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."


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