I am only a ferryman and it is my task to take people across this
river. I have taken thousands of people across and to all of them
my river has been nothing but a hindrance on their journey. They
have travelled for money and business, to weddings and on pilgrimages;
the river has been in their way and the ferryman was there to take
them quickly across the obstacle. However, amongst the thousands
there have been a few, four of five, to whom the river was not a
obstacle. They have heard its voice and listened to it, and the river
has become holy to them, as it has to me.
"Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no
such thing as time?"
That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at
the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the
ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only
exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the
-- From 'Siddhartha' by Herman Hesse