Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha

An Open Source Reader

Edited by

Lee Archie

Jeffrey Baggett

Bill Poston

John G. Archie

Michael Pullen originally produced the ebook for Project Gutenberg upon which this open source text is based. Translations were made by Gunther Olesch, Anke Dreher, Amy Coulter, Stefan Langer, Semyon Chaichenets, and proofreading was done by Chandra Yenco and Isaac Jones. Changes made by the editors of the current GFDL version are grammatical and typographical changes.


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Image Credits

The Gardens of Delhi. Shishir Thadani. [Ch. 4] Jayanti Park 3 [Ch. 5] Jayanti Park 1.

GNU Free Documentation License. GNU Philosophical Gnu.

Image India. Shishir Thadani. [Ch. 10] Palace Jaali, Govind Mandir Palace [Ch. 11] The Banks on the Ganges in Patna [Ch. 12] Spring in Bhimtal; At Monsoon Palace, Deegh, Rajasthan.

IronOrchid PhotoClipart. Antiquities Project. [Ch. 4] Buddha Plate; Country Scene.

Library of Congress. P&P Online Catalog. [Pt. I] Buddha Preaching LC-USZ62-111688 [Ch. 1] Priest Sitting LC-USZ62-34390; [Ch. 2} Transportation (detail) LC-USZ62-35010 [Ch. 3] Buddha Preaching LC-USZ62-111688; Palace in Amber LC-USZ61-949; Well of Knowledge LC-D426-554 [Ch.5] Children of the Workers of the Firewood Section LC-USW33- 043060-ZC [Ch. 6] Official, India LC-USZ62-91594; Parsee Wedding LC-USZ62-91595; Natch Girl Dancing LC-USZ62-35125 [Ch. 7] View of Birdcages (detail) LC-USZ62-81246 [Ch. 8] Hyderabad Colonnade LC-D41-149; Bridge over the Rungroo LC-USZ62-76815 [Ch. 9] Small Ganges Boat W7-585; Riverscene W7-589 [Ch. 10] Portrait of Hindu Musician (detail) LOT 12735, no. 511 [Ch. 11] Buddha Figure LC-USZ62-116439 [Ch. 12] India's Sacred Lotus LC-USZ62-71354.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Standing Buddha, Gupta period (ca. 319?500), 5th century, Uttar Pradesh, Mathura, India, Enid A. Haupt Gift.

NOAA Photo Library. Historic C&GS Collection,. [Forward] Tabulae Rudolphinae : quibus astronomicae… by Johannes Kepler, 1571-1630 [Ch. 9] Eddies (detail) theb2710.

University of Minnesota Libraries. Underwood and Underwood. [Ch. 2] Fakirs at Amritsar.

World Art Kiosk. California State University. [ch.5] Kama: God of Love, Seattle Museum ©Kathleen Cohen [Ch. 8] Assault of Mara, Guimet Museum, Paris ©Kathleen Cohen.

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Table of Contents
Why Open Source?
Part I.
1. The Son of the Brahman
Ideas of Interest from "The Son of the Brahman"
The Reading Selection from "The Son of the Brahmin"
Topics Worth Investigating
2. With the Samanas
Ideas of Interest from "With the Samanas"
The Reading Selection from "With the Samanas"
Topics Worth Investigating
3. Gotama
Ideas of Interest from "Gotama"
The Reading Selection from "Gotama"
Topics Worth Investigating
4. Awakening
Ideas of Interest from "Awakening"
The Reading Selection from "Awakening"
Topics Worth Investigating
Part II.
5. Kamala
Ideas of Interest from "Kamala"
The Reading Selection from "Kamala"
Topics Worth Investigating
6. With the Childlike People
Ideas of Interest from "With the Childlike People"
The Reading Selection from "With the Childlike People"
Topics Worth Investigating
7. Sansara
Ideas of Interest from "Sansara"
The Reading Selection from "Sansara"
Topics Worth Investigating
8. By the River
Ideas of Interest from "By the River"
The Reading Selection from "By the River"
Topics Worth Investigating
9. The Ferryman
Ideas of Interest from "The Ferryman"
The Reading Selection from "The Ferryman"
Topics Worth Investigating
10. The Son
Ideas of Interest from "The Son"
The Reading Selection from "The Son"
Topics Worth Investigating
11. Om
Ideas of Interest from "Om"
The Reading Selection from "Om"
Topics Worth Investigating
12. Govinda
Ideas of Interest from "Govinda"
The Reading Selection from "Govinda"
Topics Worth Investigating