Listen With a Still Heart

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Above all, he learned from it how to listen, to listen with a still heart, with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions. — Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

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“There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught. Be prepared for conflicts, Joseph Knecht — I can see they have already begun.” – Hermann Hesse; Glass Bead Game

“I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I’m beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. My story isn’t pleasant, it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.” – Hermann Hesse; Damien

“Only to the extent that man exposes himself over and over again to annihilation, can that which is indestructible arise within him.”

James Craig Annan, The Dark Mountains, 1890

Image:  James Craig Annan, The Dark Mountains (1890)

The man, who, being really on the Way, falls upon hard times in the world will not,

as a consequence, turn to that friend who offers him refuge and comfort and

encourages his old self to survive. Rather, he will seek out someone who will faithfully

and inexorably help him to risk himself, so that he may endure the suffering and pass

courageously through it. Only to the extent that man exposes himself over and over again

to annihilation, can that which is indestructible arise within him.

In this lies the dignity of daring.

― Karlfried Graf Durckheim