Discovering the writings of Hermann Hesse have been a blessing to me. He knew a lot about human psychology and the many internal roads we take to try and ease our spirits in this troubled world we all call home.
I first read ‘Siddhartha’ after a friend gave me a copy. I had been halfheartedly studying Buddhism at the time and was telling my friend, who is not a Buddhist, about it. Turns out he knew a little bit because he laid this book on me.
Several years ago, I came across what would become some of my favorite Hesse writing. It was fascinating to learn that he found great joy and wisdom in trees. He wrote beautifully about them.
“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.” -Hermann Hesse