Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.
And—such is my thinking, o Exalted One—no one attains deliverance through teaching!
You, Venerable One, may indeed be a seeker, for, striving toward your goal, there is much you do not see which is right before your eyes.
To listen with a still heart, with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions.
Siddhartha has one single goal-to become empty, to become empty of thirst, desire, dreams, pleasure and sorrow-to let the Self die. No longer to be Self, to experience the peace of an emptied heart, to experience pure thought-that was his goal.
Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.
He lived in friendship beside Vasudeva, and sometimes they would exchange words with each other, few and well-considered words. Vasudeva was no friend of words, Siddhartha seldom succeeded in inducing him to speak.
Even in him, even in your great teacher, I prefer the thing to the words, his actions and his life are more important than his speech, the gestures of his hand more important than his opinions.
What could I say to you that would be of value, except that perhaps you seek too much, that as a result of your seeking you cannot find.
Seeking nothing, emulating nothing, breathing gently, he moved in an atmosphere of imperishable calm, imperishable light, inviolable peace.
I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.