S is for Siddhartha

| March 2, 2014

Last week I began reading Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse with my students. Though, this has been my second time reading the novel it has been my first time teaching it. When we came across the passage I have included below I couldn’t help but think of this class. This passage is from the second chapter of the novel. Siddhartha is in the beginning of his journey and his friend Govinda is still with him.

“…Siddhartha began to speak and said: “Well, Govinda, are we on the right road? Are we gaining knowledge? Are we approaching salvation? Or are we perhaps going in circles-we who thought to escape the cycle? Govinda said: “We have learned much, Siddhartha. There still remains much to learn. We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is spiral; we have already climb many steps.”