…one can learn nothing. There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge – that is everywhere, that is Atman, that is in me and you and in every creature, and I am beginning to believe that this knowledge has no worse enemy than the man of knowledge, than learning. Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
I am re-reading Siddhartha; it’s been about 20 years since I’ve read it. It’s an entirely different book, now. It’s hard to believe I’ve read it before.
The quote is something which has been rattling around in my brain for over a week, now. When I read it, my reaction was such that I’m surprised I have a brain left.
Learning is the enemy of knowledge? Really? What god-forsaken person would even contemplate writing that?
I put the book down for a couple of hours, did some Reality Level 13 things (shopping, dishes, cleaned a litter box or two), then sat down with a pen and paper for a little Reality Level 1. What came out of the R.1 time was this: I am not Siddhartha; Siddhartha was not human; Hermann Hesse had guts.
I guess I now know where I am in my reincarnation cycle…. Huh.
Okay, so this is where I am. I acknowledge there is a Knowledge which I will not attain in this lifetime. I acknowledge there are people who have a better understanding of this Knowledge than I do. I acknowledge… ah, to hell with it. Forget Hesse and Siddhartha: learning is breathing. All Atman really wants is a book, and to listen to people talk. Trust me.