Siddhartha and the river of life

Förderverein Kultur im AKT eV has hit the nerve of the age with your new lecture. Siddhartha Nobel Laureate Hermann Hesse, the doors of Montapore Town Hall were opened wide on Monday this week by renowned philosopher and healer Dr. Matthias Jung from Lainstein. As usual, he skillfully took his listeners with him to the mysterious ancient India of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became Buddha.

This poetic journey is inspired by the philosophical proverb “Siddhartha” of Hermann Hesse. Young reported very clearly that Hess found himself in disastrous financial and personal circumstances in the turbulent years following the great catastrophe of World War I. His marriage is going through a crisis, and his proceeds cannot be transferred from Germany to Switzerland, he separates and turns into a Steppenwolf himself. Hessen succeeds in surviving, preserving his bourgeois existence and preserving his spiritual integrity by reflecting on his uniqueness and emphasizing his divinity, as is inherent in every human being. By doing so, he opens the journey of healing, the path to himself, that is how Siddhartha has been created in several steps since the early 1920s. Salvation can lie only in the individual, or: “I will not let myself down!” In light of the millions of murders on the battlefields and the awakening of fascism, the future can only be determined in the individual who explores the meaning of existence by thinking independently. Hess succeeded in the indescribable: he takes us back to the historical figure of Buddha in his younger years, as the rebellious young Siddhartha against his father and institutions, and adds to it the view of the enlightened man of the age of Hess. In this way, Jung explains in his lecture, Hess describes the “cyclical I” from young to old in the modern world. He could not yet imagine how much of Hess’s work, which was subsequently read throughout the West, had captured the zeitgeist.

Henry Miller described it this way: “The formation of a Buddha superior to the generally recognized Buddha is an outrageous act, especially to a German. To me, Siddhartha is a more potent medicine than the New Testament.” The historical Siddhartha sought to conquer everything earthly, and praised By asceticism, practicing it, and turning away from the world, after “self-denial.” Matthias Jung describes how Siddhartha in Hesse realized the only crucial breaking point in the Buddha’s teachings: the idea of ​​salvation through self-renunciation is only an axiom, a basic unproven assumption at the beginning of the philosophical derivation of the highly respected enlightened ancient Indian religion. One and a teacher, but not at all a generalization of the law and can not be demonstrated. This is where Hess’s enlightened doubt comes in, according to Jung, which Kant emphatically demanded in his famous “Use your brain!” Siddhartha puts it this way: “I will study with myself!” By following this insight, Siddhartha of Hess allows himself to be educated in the mundane material life by the beautiful concubine Kamala, who also introduces him to the art of physical love in relation to the world of trade and money making. “She loves the best in him, because she has mastered the chemistry of love and knows how to make a capable man out of it,” Young says. Creation seeks “home in the world” and does not go to the afterlife. “It’s so easy!” Jung was glad to hear that evening. Siddhartha becomes rich and filthy rich. But facing a crisis of meaning that is difficult to comprehend, the carrier leaves Kamala and attempts to drown himself in the mighty Indo-Ganges. He’s almost unconscious underwater, convulsing in his ‘OM’ and coming back to the surface and alive. With his Hess, this is Siddhartha’s waking experience, and at the same time a kind of earthly reincarnation. Matthias Jung draws attention to the fact that and how we can, should, and must deal with our incarnation in this aspect: that is, through transformations, transformations through trial and error in this life, and not by escaping into the nirvana that already exists here and now. Young puts it in a nutshell: “Often it’s not about waiting for inspiration, but about more sweating.” In the famous story, Siddhartha finally meets the old ferry, as his assistant continues to cross the Great River, who lives in his humble hut. And in the evening listen to the wisdom of the old man or tell his stories. In this way, Young explains, the infectious agent becomes the healer for the adult Siddhartha, who no longer has to work through the father figure, through his understanding of listening. Jung quotes Friedrich Nietzsche, who once wrote: “He who has little will have little.” The flowing river thus symbolizes a worldly doctrine of the creation of the eternal cycle of life: everything is intertwined. And only this little thing makes Siddhartha ahead of others: his knowledge, everything is one.

Förderverein Kultur im AKT eV has been organizing concerts, cultural events and lectures for Westerwald for more than 20 years. The next lecture ‘Lost Childhood – Europe’s Forgotten Children’ will be given by photographer and activist Alia Horst on September 12th at 7:30pm again at Stadthalle Montabaur.

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