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Title: Siddhartha  
Author: Hesse, Hermann
Language: English
Subject: Literature & thought, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
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THE SON OF THE BRAHMAN. In the shade of the house, in the sunshine at the riverbank near the boats, in the shade of the Sal-wood forest, in the shade of the fig tree is where Siddhartha grew up, the handsome son of the Brahman, the young falcon, together with his friend Govinda, son of a Brahman. The sun tanned his light shoulders during bathing, the sacred ablutions, the sacred offerings at the banks of the river. In the mango grove, shade poured into his black eyes, when the boys played, when his mother sang, when the sacred offerings were made, when his father, the Scholar, taught him, when the Wise Men talked. For a long time, Siddhartha had been partaking in the discussions of the Wise Men, practicing debate with Govinda, practicing the art of reflection with Govinda, the duty of contemplation. He already knew how to speak the Om silently, the word of words, to speak it silently into himself while inhaling, to speak it silently out of himself while exhaling, with his entire soul, the forehead surrounded by the glow of the clear-thinking spirit. He already knew to feel Atman in the depths of his being, indestructible, one with the universe.


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