siddhartha

I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.
—  Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Shakyamuni Buddha and Mara Buryatia. Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton. 1800s.

In the moments leading up to his enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, the Buddha was attacked by the armies of Mara. The armies came wielding many weapons— bows, arrows, tridents, and swords. However, as they approached the sitting Siddhartha, their armaments were transformed into flowers, which then showered him like offerings.

Cuando alguien busca, suele ocurrir que sus ojos solo ven aquello que anda buscando, y ya no logra encontrar nada ni se vuelve receptivo a nada porque sólo piensa en lo que busca, porque tiene un objetivo y se halla poseído por él. Buscar significa tener un objetivo, pero encontrar significa ser libre, estar abierto, carecer de objetivos
—  Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.
—  Siddhartha