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.

Let’s Begin

”The very first company I started failed with a great bang. The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed. The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly. Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay. Number five was PayPal.” – Max Levchin

What if, I fail? What if I do not get expected result. What if, people laugh and make fun of me. What if, I get hurt? These are few what if, which become obstacle in our day-to-day life new endeavors. Often, we think more about people and results than task itself. We don’t even start and assume that we cannot do it. We don’t realize that we are losing the battle before it even begins. We carry one old life style without injecting new spices into that.

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I was also victim of “What if”. I was afraid of starting something new.  It was because that I was not capable of or deserve that, it just because I was too afraid of result. So rather fighting for it, I gave up many times. Did not experiment or implement any new ideas.

This is not the way of life I should live; this is not the way of life you should live. There is no point of losing the battle which I have not even fought. There is no point of giving up on anything without taking any chances. There is no point of thinking what people think of me.

Even if you fail in beginning, then tell yourself, it is okay to fail; it is okay to get hurt. Don’t afraid of it, stand up and fight back. Even if you become reason for someone joke, then tell yourself that you have brought smile on someone’s face. Never let any excuses to come between you and your battle. Learn from the past and follow your heart. Trust me, at the end it does not matter if you win or lose the battle, what matter would be smile at your face saying, yes I have fought rather than regret.

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So, let’s begin the new journey, let’s fight for what we want.  Let’s start which we have never started before. Just follow your heart, see where it takes you.

Religion for Ramakrishna Paramahansa

“I have practised all religions—Hinduism, Islam, Christianity—and I have also followed the paths of the different Hindu sects. I have found that it is the same God toward whom all are directing their steps, though along different paths. You must try all beliefs and traverse all the different ways once. Wherever I look, I see men quarrelling in the name of religion—Hindus, Mohammedans, Brahmos, Vaishnavas, and the rest. But they never reflect that He who is called Krishna is also called Siva, and bears the name of the Primal Energy, Jesus, and Allah as well—the same Rama with a thousand names…”

Ramakrishna Paramahansa, was great believer in equality of all religion. He has practiced and followed Hinduism, Islam and Christianity in his life time.

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In 1861, he accepted Bhairavi Brahmani.

In 1865, Ramakrishna get the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, the Hindu philosophy which emphasizes non-dualism.

In 1986, he adopted Islam and start practices as true Muslim with five times Namaz.

In 1873, he started the practice of Christianity.

He realizes that there are differences among religions in the manner they preaches and practice but in spite of these  differences, all religions lead to the same ultimate goal of humanity and spirituality. All religions lead to the same God name it as Ram, Allah or Jesus.