Herman Hesse

Have you also learned that secret from the river

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

~ from SIDDHARTHA by Herman Hesse
Siddhartha
By Hermann Hesse

My soul turns into a tree

Sometimes, when a bird cries out,
Or the wind sweeps through a tree,
Or a dog howls in a far off farm,
I hold still and listen a long time.

My soul turns and goes back to the place
Where, a thousand forgotten years ago,
The bird and the blowing wind
Were like me, were my brothers and sisters.

My soul turns into a tree...

~ Herman Hesse
Siddhartha
By Hermann Hesse
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