Siddhartha Essay

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Life, death, and rebirth. This is the cycle of Samsara and the life in which Siddhartha; the main character in Hermann Hesse’s book, Siddhartha lived. Hesse describes the physical, mental spiritual and social aspects of the journey of life in his book using Samsara. Siddhartha’s journey both reflects and diverges from my own journey, which can be described with the word learning to show that everyone is constantly learning from the world. To further understand the changes Siddhartha has gone through one must know his story. Siddhartha, a handsome and well respected young Brahmin was destined to be great. Siddhartha's best friend, Govinda, thought especially high of him. But he believed he could not attain enlightenment as a Brahmin. Driven by his desire for learning, Siddhartha set off with a group of samanas followed by his friend Govinda. As Siddhartha learns the ways of the Samana, he effectively removes the need for anything that is not required to live. Siddhartha learns his three greatest traits as well. The ability to think, wait and fast. As time passes both Govinda and Siddhartha reach a new level of spiritual peace, but Siddhartha is still dissatisfied. And so when word reaches them of a holy man named Gotama the Buddha had reached Nirvana, both Siddhartha and Govinda take leave of the Samanas in search of this holy man. Upon finding his camp, Govinda and Siddhartha hear the preaching of the Buddha, but both reach different conclusions about whether to join the Buddhist religion. While Govinda is convinced, Siddhartha is not. Siddhartha speaks with the Buddha and comes to the realization that no teachings will bring him towards enlightenment. He therefore tosses aside all teachings in order to find enlightenment his own way. Sadly Siddhartha leaves the company of his friend Govinda in search of enlightenment. Siddhartha, through his wanderings, comes upon
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