by Hermann Hesse · read February 18, 2022


Reading this reminded me of a quote from Kafka's "On Parables" that I've been thinking about lately:

All these parables really set out to say merely that the incomprehensible is incomprehensible, and we know that already.

You have done so by your own seeking in your own way, through thought, through meditation, through knowledge, through enlightenment. You have learned nothing through teachings, and so I think, O Illustrious One, that nobody finds salvation through teachings. To nobody, O Illustrious One, can you communicate in words and teachings, what happened to you in the hour of your enlightenment. ... That is why I am going on my way — not to seek another and better doctrine, for I know there is none, but to leave all doctrines and all teachers and to reach my goal alone — or die.

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