Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Meditation on New Year's Day 2019 / "... Love this water! ..."

SIDDHARTHA, by Hermann Hesse (1922)

Excerpted from Ch. 9: The Ferryman

By this river I want to stay, thought Siddhartha, it is the same which
I have crossed a long time ago on my way to the childlike people, a
friendly ferryman had guided me then, he is the one I want to go to,
starting out from his hut, my path had led me at that time into a new
life, which had now grown old and is dead--my present path, my present
new life, shall also take its start there!
Tenderly, he looked into the rushing water, into the transparent green,
into the crystal lines of its drawing, so rich in secrets. Bright
pearls he saw rising from the deep, quiet bubbles of air floating on
the reflecting surface, the blue of the sky being depicted in it. With
a thousand eyes, the river looked at him, with green ones, with white
ones, with crystal ones, with sky-blue ones. How did he love this
water, how did it delight him, how grateful was he to it! In his heart
he heard the voice talking, which was newly awaking, and it told him:
Love this water! Stay near it! Learn from it! Oh yes, he wanted to
learn from it, he wanted to listen to it. He who would understand this
water and its secrets, so it seemed to him, would also understand many
other things, many secrets, all secrets.

Twice.  Just because.


37paddington said...

May we all drink from the reinvigorating water and sow good seeds in 2019. Happy new year, friend.

ellen abbott said...

I read that so very very long ago. and not so very long ago I sat beside rivers often.

happy new year!

Tara said...

Happy New Year to you and thank you for planting these good thoughts for the coming months.