7 Life-Altering Lessons You’ll Learn From Reading Siddhartha

Nicky Sehra
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If you’ve ever read a book that made a huge impact on your life, you know the feeling of satisfaction when you finish the last page and let the wisdom and inspiration wash over you like a transcendent wave. There are numerous spiritual novels that can propel your journey in life.
Siddhartha is one such book. The highly influential and infamously popular book by Hermann Hesse is a remarkable text that every spiritual seeker needs to read. It depicts the story of a young man named Siddhartha who is on a quest for knowledge and a deeper understanding of himself.

Siddhartha teaches us many valuable lessons about living an awakened, conscious, and spiritual existence.

If you have read this engaging story and life-changing book, then you know just how powerful it is. If you haven’t read it, please make it a point to do so. Siddhartha is incredibly soul-satisfying and transformational in helping you find your purpose and live intentionally.

Here are 7 Timeless Spiritual Lessons You’ll Learn from Siddhartha:

There are many valuable life lessons presented in this narrative – lessons that are worth reviewing if you’ve already read Siddhartha and lessons that are worth cracking the book open if you haven’t:

1. You are your own guru

Respect and learn from others, but don’t hold anyone’s power or wisdom above your own.

2. Your journey is not like anyone else’s

Embrace your unique path and avoid playing the comparison game.

3. In life, there will always be challenges

Embrace life’s challenges as necessary for your evolution – they’re here to teach you!

4. Release the impulse to set rigid goals and constantly seek the next big thing

Replace them with an ability to remain open, aware, and humble. Ultimately this is how we grow.


5. Presence is key to evolution

Like the river’s journey in the story, we learn that our actions of today are what define us.

6. You must live and teach by your own divinity

There is no right or wrong way – honor yourself and others with love and peace.

7. Change is the only constant

By trusting yourself and the Universe, you can begin to flow with the waves of change, rather than resist them.

Plot Synopsis of Siddhartha

The context of Hesse’s novel begins with the life of Siddhartha. He is born into a prominent Indian-Brahman (priest caste in India) family where his childhood was surrounded by religious texts, spiritual teachings, and devotion.
From the beginning, the young Siddhartha is wise beyond his years. He adheres to a lifestyle of meditation and simplicity. Siddhartha has everything he needs but chooses to leave it all in search for his life’s purpose. An excerpt from the book highlights this:

“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.”

Siddhartha is an avid truth-seeker, and his ascetic nature at a young age propels him to leave home and live with monks known as Samanas. His childhood friend Govinda accompanies him on this journey. Here they both learn to live with no attachments, minimal food, and live the life as nomads.
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We Can Learn Something From Every Moment

Along the journey, Siddhartha becomes part of a sacred tribe and learns the value of stillness, breath, and fasting. The Samana way teaches Siddhartha a deeper connection with all living beings and creatures – feeling at peace with the process of birth and death, just like the cycle of life.
A pivotal moment in Hermann Hesse’s novel is encountering a character by the name of the Ferryman (Vasudeva). Siddhartha, as a young man, learns the language of the river and nature from the Ferryman.

“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time? That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”

Every interaction Siddhartha has within the novel shapes his soul in a profound way. Siddhartha does not realize until later, however, that the spiritual path is within his soul – always present within his entire existence and in alignment with his purpose.
Looking for your purpose in life? Read this: How to Live with Purpose: An Interview with Meditation Master Davidji

Countless Generations Stand Behind You

No matter what experience or crisis Siddhartha faced, there was an inner voice that called him home to his own soul – not to a physical place, but a spiritual and energetic place.
At the end of the text, Siddhartha is reunited with his friend Govinda. While they’re speaking, Siddhartha asks his dear friend to gently press against his forehead. At that moment, you see that Siddhartha illuminates a magnetic force within himself and he is connected to everything.
Every sage, ancestor, lineages were felt by Govinda. Siddhartha finally realized that the source was always within him in his older age. The seeking finally came to an end.
Are you in alignment with your inner peace? Read this to find out: 6 Signs You Are NOT at Peace (and Advice on How to Get There)

Eternal Wisdom + the Book’s Final Takeaway

As a spiritual seeker, you will meet many people at various stages in your life. All will be your teachers, and some will help guide you and offer valuable wisdom to help you further discover your true nature.
We have all had moments like Siddhartha, in a search for what novel to read, meditation to practice, or a spiritual/religious doctrine to follow. It is good to question things throughout your life and never resist the curious nature of your soul.
All the answers you are seeking are within you already – you have the power to create your reality and live the life of your dreams. Through clear intention, conscious action, and divine trust, all that you desire can be real.
Indeed, Siddhartha teaches us many valuable lessons about living an awakened, conscious, and spiritual existence. Ready to dive in? Grab your own copy of Siddhartha here.

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Nicky Sehra

A graduate of History & Corporate Communications and Public Relations in Ontario, Nicky is a wanderlust and modern day spiritual woman who enjoys the simple pleasures of life. Nicky loves to teach yoga, travel, and inspire humanity through her writings. Her aim is to leave everyone she meets with a sparkle of kindness, peace and love.

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