“Have you too learned this secret from the river: that time does not exist?”

“Yes, Siddhartha. Is this what you mean: that the river is in all places at once, at its source and where it flows into the sea, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the rapids, in the ocean, in the mountains, everywhere at once, so for the river there is only the present moment and not the shadow of the future?”

“It is. And once I learned this I considered my life, and it too was a river, and the boy Siddhartha was separated from the man Siddhartha and the greybeard Siddhartha only by shadows, not by real things, Siddhartha’s previous lives were also not the past, and his death and his return to Brahman not the future. Nothing was, nothing will be; everything is, everything has being and presence.”

Herman Hesse
Siddhartha (1922)

Music: spiegel im spiegel (“mirror in mirror”) (1978)
Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Peter Minkler, viola and Lura Johnson, piano
Inner Voice (2010)


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