Euclidean Space in the Quest for Truth: A Critical Analysis of the Culture of the Spiritual Function in Siddhartha of Herman Hesse
In any society culture is placed in prime position taking life, thoughts and actions in its stride. People gradually learn to accept, use and live by that culture. Culture is a broad perception regarding everything learnt, followed and shared by a society. Culture of the spiritual function is greatly revealed in Siddhartha, published in 1922, by Hermann Hesse. Siddhartha , the hero of the novel does not find peace, and enlightenment in the Brahmin rituals, in the ascetic life of a samana, living the life of a Buddhist monk, in the life with kamala a courtesan and in the life of a business man. He wanders and reaches a river and befriends Vasudeva, the ferryman and learns the art of listening, and from the river, he learns much, most of all that there is no time, that time is not real. Spiritual culture imbibed from Euclidean space helps in looking at the process of life and understanding how one can go in search of truth better. This is the culture of the Indian society and what the spiritual leaders of the land have been trying to teach. Hesse tries to point out that no amount of teaching can help a man until he decides to teach himself and lead himself in the path of truth.
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