Hermann Hesse’s Life and work

Hermann Hesse was born in Germany to Johannes Hesse and Marie Gundert on July 2, 1877. Hesse was not among the best student during his childhood. He study in many different school in hope of getting better, but it did went as expected.

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1890-1892: Attends Rector Otto Bauer Goppingen, a preparatory Latin School, then he moved to studies theology at Seminar Maulbronn, a Cistercian monastery.

1892: Attempt suicide after bout of depression.

Finally his parents called him back to home in 1893. He cultivated a passion of reading in his grandfather’s library and for helping at his father’s publishing house.

1894-95: Works in the Claw Clock Factory as the apprentice to a mechanic.

1895:  Settles in Tubingen, where he works as apprentice to a book dealer at Heckenhauer’s bookstore.

1899: Move to Basel, Switzerland, to work in another bookshop; begins work on a history of German Romanticism, a major theme in much of his writing.

1904: Publishes Peter Camenzind and marries Maria Bernoulli.

1911: Travel for two months to Sumantra and Ceylon, but never to India, seeking spiritual enlightenment, but becomes disillusioned by poverty; moves back to Gaienhofen, then to Bern, Switzerland.

1914: Publishes Rosshalde. Also started working for German prisoners of war in Bern till World War -I ends.

1915: Publishes a series of popular short stories titled Knulp.

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1916: Father dies; wife Maria Suffers a nervous disorder and is institutionalized in a sanatorium.

1916-17: Suffer from a nervous breakdown himself. Hesse undergoes psychoanalysis in a sanatorium near Lucerne with Josef B Lang.

1919: Publishes Demain under the pseudonym Emil Sinclair and took the voluntary exile in Montagnola in southern Switzerland.

1922: Publishes Siddhartha.

1923: Divorces Maria; Taken  Swiss citizenship.

1924: Marries Ruth Wenger in January.

1927: Publishes Steppenwolf ; divorce Ruth Wenger.

1930: Publishes Narcissusa and Goldmund.

1931: Marries Ninon Auslander Dolbin in Nov.

1943: Publishes The Glass Bead Game.

1946: Receives the Nobel Prize  in  Literature, primarily because of The Glass Bead Game.

1951: English edition of siddhartha published in translation by Hilda Rosner.

1962: Dies on August 9 of leukemia.

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This blog is inspired from the book Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.

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Who are we

Who-are-We

When I look at myself, I feel that I have changed a lot since my childhood days. May be since I have born, although I do not even remember who was I. I guess we all change during our life time. Starting from home, parents change us as per their own culture and norms. Then we move into school and college where we learn more about society, friends and our customs. Finally we reach to mature world, when we meet every possible kind of people. After having different encounters with so many people, generally we change and adjust according to them and their norms. These changes become essential for us to survive in this world. It helps us to grow and success on where ever we are.

Hold on, think again, do we really change, I guess not. If you try to observe yourself bit more closely, then you will find one thing which has never been changed during our course of life. That one thing is nothing but real you, its core of your soul, heart and mind. It is what you are when you born. It is what our god has made up, good or bad, right or wrong does not matter. It is what we are. Never change in our life time.

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So, if this is true, then what about these changes we talked about earlier. Are those fake, do we lie or presume something which we are not?  Who are we? A Person made up by society, parents and their culture or the person which is made by God.

Let me explain with below mention  Hermann Hesse  quote,

“There’s no reality except the one contained within us. That’s why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.” —  Hermann Hesse quotes

Actually both statements is true, we keep changing ourselves, while keeping our core person intact. It like when we born, we born with some nature, our own core nature. Let’s not define what kind of nature good or bad, but definitely a unique nature or you can say our own unique soul with unique characteristics.

As we grow older, because of parenting, education and society, we are asked to behave and learn their ways, culture, custom and behaviour. Slowly, it has been taught to us to behave and be like them as we belong to them. During this process, it become very difficult to be like what we were in our childhood.

These changes start with necessity, then it transform into habit, then it became attitude and slowly knowingly or unknowingly it’s become part of nature.

We are like Onion, wrapped with many covers and skins, but real we are still lies somewhere inside those wrappers, safe and sound. All we need to unwrap ourselves find who we, who really we are and then act accordingly are.

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So I would rather say, we evolve during course of our time, but never change from inside. Our real us is still preserved some-where inside us. Lets bring it out and show to the world, who you are.

Let it go

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” — Hermann Hesse quotes

Let it Go

Often, we have come across sayings like do not give up, fight back, hold onto the situation. These are very inspiring words and need lots of courage and strength to hold on to the situation, fighting back, never gives up , even when you are losing the battle. Some times its turns out to be true, we finally get success by following these words. We won, we fought back, and we overcome the situation.

Sometimes, in our life we stuck into the situation which become part of our life, feel like whole world to us.  We make all possible effort to fix the situation, we bring all possible help, we give up all we have, but still we may not able to fix that situation. May be situation is not under our control, it belongs to someone else and we trying to fix it. May be it is matter of life and death where we cannot do anything other than praying. May be it is part of our destiny which cannot be changed. These situations are like having yourself in quick sand, where more you try to come out, more you get inside.

During such time, we think holding on that situation will solve the problem. Unfortunately, that is not the case in most of the scenario. What we need is to let it go, let it happen what it is supposed to happen as we have already all possible effort to fix it.

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This require much more strength, much more courage because as by now, it has become world for us. It’s never going to be easy for you to let it go, but it is how it supposed to be. Giving up on it, which has become integral part of us, will be like killing something inside us, but this may be right thing to do.